§ Mr. GROVES
asked the Home Secretary how many probation officers are 2247W attached to the London Police Courts and West Ham Court; how many are males and how many are females; whether any are specially attached to the Children's Courts; if the cost of these officers is borne by the police funds; and the Department responsible for the appointment of such officers?
There are 53 probation officers (22 men and 31 women) attached to the Police Courts in the Metropolitan Police Court District. Twelve of the women are specially attached to the Juvenile Courts. They are all appointed by the Secretary of State and paid out of the Metropolitan Police Fund, but in the case of the officers attached to the adult Courts, a proportion of the salaries and expenses is paid by the London Police Court Mission and other societies to which they belong. I am informed that there are two probation officers—one man and one woman—attached to the West Ham Police Court. The former supervises men and boys over 10 and the latter women and girls, and boys under 10. They are appointed by the Justices and paid out of the West Ham Borough Fund.