HC Deb 16 February 1920 vol 125 c551W

asked the Home Secretary whether there is any appeal from the decision of a medical officer of an industrial school as to the question of the sanity of any occupants of an industrial school who, in the opinion of their parents are in their right mind and their parents are desirous of removing them to their own homes.


I presume that the question refers to the transfer of defective children from industrial schools to certified institutions for defectives under Section 9 of the Mental Deficiency Act, 1913. In such cases a certificate must be given by two duly qualified medical practitioners to the effect that the child is a defective, and before an Order of Transfer is made each case is considered by the Board of Control and the Home Office and full inquiry is made as to the home circumstances in each case. Further, under the provisions of the Mental Deficiency Act, 1913, each case comes up periodically for reconsideration by the visitors of the certified institution.

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