HC Deb 20 March 1919 vol 113 c2276W

asked the Home Secretary if he is aware that five boys were sent to Wandsworth Gaol for ten years for some boyish escapade in France; and if he will order their release?


I understand that the prisoners referred to were detained for three or four weeks in Wandsworth Prison, but that they have now been transferred to military detention barracks, the sentences having been in each case commuted to two years'detention. As, however, the prisoners were convicted by court-martial on charges arising in France, the cases do not come in any way within my jurisdiction, but fall within that of the military authorities.