HC Deb 06 December 1951 vol 494 cc278-9W
Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, since many juvenile courts in dealing with children aged eight to 14 years do not require proof that the accused child knew that his alleged offence was wrong, he will, by circular, remind juvenile court magistrates of this provision of the law.

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

No, I am not aware that juvenile courts fail to satisfy themselves on this point or that their practice has been criticised by the higher courts.