HC Deb 17 November 1966 vol 736 cc612-3
14. Mr. Peyton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on Derek Madge, details of whom have been sent to him, who is at present detained in Borstal at Portland.

Miss Bacon

An account of this boy's case has been given to the hon. Member in correspondence by my noble Friend Lord Stonham. The boy's behaviour and response to training have recently improved.

Mr. Peyton

If the Minister is aware that only this week the replies from her Department have been both dilatory and unresponsive, will she not take a further look into this case because it is one in which, if the proper course of treatment were followed, there is at least some hope of a proper cure?

Miss Bacon

I would not agree with the hon. Gentleman in either of the comments he made. This matter was dealt with expeditiously by my noble Friend, Lord Stonham, and while I do not like to discuss individual cases on the Floor of the House, as that could be embarrassing to the boys concerned, if I were to depart from that I think that I could prove that what is supposed to be wrong with this boy is not, in fact, the case.

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