HC Deb 04 February 1938 vol 331 cc553-4W
Sir A. Beit

asked the Home Secretary the numbers of persons committed to prison for indictable offences, and offences akin to indictable offences, during the years 1935, 1936 and 1937, respectively; and the proportion in each case of those who had served Borstal sentences?

Sir S. Hoare

Figures for 1937 are not yet available. During 1935 the number of persons sentenced to penal servitude or imprisonment for indictable offences was 13,488 and the number sentenced to imprisonment for non-indictable offences akin to indictable offences was 4,250. The corresponding figures for 1936 are 13,327 and 3,916. Since Borstal Institutions were started in 1908 there have passed through these institutions 14,000 persons. The available statistics do not show how many of these persons were sent to prison in the years mentioned, but of 2,536 persons discharged from Borstal Institutions in 1934, 1935 and 1936 the number subsequently sentenced to imprisonment is 714.