§ Mr. GRIFFITHS
asked the Home Secretary what Regulations are in force with respect to the detention of persons apparently under 16 when such detention is in a police station in the Metropolitan Police District?
§ Mr. BRIDGEMAN:
Detention at a police station of children under 16 is infrequent except in the ease of straying children, who are brought there for a brief period until claimed by parents. If under exceptional circumstances such a case arises, the child or young person is placed, not in a cell, but in charge of the Matron, and, in the case of the larger 47W stations, in the detention room, care being taken to prevent association with any adult charged with an offence. The police officer concerned must in any such case certify that it has been impracticable or undesirable for the young person to be removed to a place of detention. This certificate is produced at the Court before whom the juvenile is brought.