HC Deb 30 March 1961 vol 637 cc1509-10
24. Mr. Dance

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is yet in a position to announce which of the recommendations in the Ingleby Report the Government propose to accept and incorporate in legislation, other than those incorporated in the Criminal Justice Bill.

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. R. A. Butler)

We are considering the Committee's recommendations in the light of the comments which we have received from the organisations chiefly interested, but I am not yet in a position to indicate our conclusions.

Mr. Dance

I thank my right hon. Friend for that reply. I am quite certain that he is aware of the excellent work done by the N.S.P.C.C. Is he aware of the resentment which would be felt by the Society were there any curtailment of its power to initiate action against people who have been cruel to children, as I rather gather is envisaged in the Report?

Mr. Butler

I note what my hon. Friend says and will take it into consideration when making up my mind.

Miss Bacon

Apart from the question of the N.S.P.C.C. and the Ingleby Committee, can the right hon. Gentleman give us any indication as to when he is to introduce a new Children and Young Persons Bill, which has been promised us following the Criminal Justice Bill?

Mr. Butler

No decision has been taken about future legislation. The Home Office is certainly taking its share of fresh legislation and reform. This is one for the future, which is under consideration now.