HC Deb 23 July 1941 vol 373 cc908-9W
Mr. Sorensen

asked the Home Secretary what further action he intends to take to provide intermediate treatment for young delinquents between probation and prison or Borstal; whether he is aware that hostels to which juveniles are sent in certain circumstances do not earn grant; and whether he will enable such hostels to earn grant in the same manner as approved lodgings.

Mr. Peake

Proposals for the provision of additional facilities of the kind indicated in the first part of the Question were included in the Criminal Justice Bill, consideration of which had to be postponed at the outbreak of war. Facilities provided under existing legislation include approved homes and hostels, and additional homes and hostels are being approved wherever possible. I understand that the second part of the Question relates not to persons who are found guilty of offences but to cases in which a supervision order made for the care and protection of children and young persons under the Children and Young Persons Acts, 1933 and 1938, includes a provision as to residence. In these cases which are fortunately not numerous there is no power under the existing law to make a contribution from public funds whether the residence is to be in a hostel or in lodgings.