HC Deb 22 March 1922 vol 152 cc499-500W

asked the Home Secretary if the boys of the Calder Farm Reformatory School, Mirfield, over 80 in number, have been removed from that institution; whether several of the places to which the boys have been allocated are said to be less suitable for the purpose, and a greater distance away from the parents and relatives of the lads concerned: whether the use of the premises as a reformatory school is to be discontinued; if so, having regard to the modern buildings and equipment, the advantageous surroundings, and general amenities of the establishment, will he say to what use it is intended to be applied in the future; and what treasure of compensation is to be granted to the instructors in industrial crafts and other officials who have rendered long and excellent service to the institution?


Yes, Sir. The West Riding County Council, who are managers of the reformatory school referred to, have decided to close it for reasons of economy. About 20 of the boys have been discharged to take up employment, and 65 have been removed to four other schools, which are not less suitable, and which have been selected as far as possible with reference to the circumstances of the boys, including the position of their homes. The matters referred to in the last two parts of the question are for the county council to determine.