§ 11. Mr. Benson
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the number of cases, since 1st January, 1952, to the latest convenient date, in which proceedings have been taken under the Offences Against the Person Act, 1861, for ill-treatment of or injury to a child by the person or persons responsible for its care at the time of the offence; and whether he can give a list of the sentences imposed.
§ Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe
As far as I have been able to ascertain proceedings of the kind referred to were taken in seven cases in the period from 1st January to 23rd April of this year. One case has not yet been disposed of, and in another8W the person charged was found insane on arraignment and ordered to be detained during Her Majesty's pleasure. In three cases terms of imprisonment were imposed (of seven years, four years and four months respectively). In one case the person convicted was placed on probation for two years, and in another the person convicted was bound over in her own recognisances for two years.