§ Mr. BIRKETT
asked the Home Secretary the number of petty sessional divisions in England and Wales in which no probation officer has been appointed; and what steps it is proposed to take in the matter?
A recent Return shows that out of 1,029 petty sessional divisions in England and Wales, about 170 have not appointed probation officers. In reply to the second part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the proposals of the Government in Part I of the Criminal Justice Bill, by which every petty sessional division would have the services of probation officers.