§ Mr. KELLY
asked the Home Secretary whether he is now in a position to state what steps he has taken with respect to George Wakeham, aged 18, who on Monday, 14th November, was sentenced at Portsmouth Police Court to two consecutive terms of imprisonment for larceny, after having been previously imprisoned for larceny and forgery; and whether an inquiry has been made into the mental condition of the lad?
§ Sir W. JOYNSON-HICKS
I have now made full inquiry about this case, and have been in consultation with the justices. After reviewing all the circumstances, I have authorised the lad's transfer to a Borstal institution. In reply to the last part of the question, I have obtained a special medical report, which shows that Wakeham is perfectly sound, physically and mentally.