§ 35. Mr. Boyden
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how effective detention centres have been so far in checking criminal tendencies in young men under 21 years of age.
§ Miss Pike
Reconviction figures for detention centres are given on page 52 of the Statistical Tables to the Prison Commissioners' Annual Report for 1962; I consider them encouraging, but evaluation of the effects of penal treatment is a complicated matter on which research is continuing. I refer the hon. Member to Part VI of the recent handbook The Sentence of the Court.
§ Mr. Boyden
Have not detention centres now passed beyond the bounds of an experiment and become a stable part of the penal system, and is it not a fact that there are too few of them and there are difficulties in recruiting staff? What is the Home Office doing about it?