HC Deb 14 April 1954 vol 526 cc121-2W
Mr. Awbery

asked the President of the Board of Trade from what countries synthetic rubber is imported into this country; and what quantities are imported from each.

Mr. Amory

During 1953 we imported 2,962 tons of synthetic rubber from the United States, 2,679 tons from Canada, 32 tons from Western Germany, 11 tons from Norway, and 1 ton from juvenile delinquency rose or fell in 1953 as compared with 1952.

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

I am glad to report a substantial decrease in the figures. Provisional figures for 1953 show that at all courts in England and Wales 22,508 children under the age of 14 (the lowest figure since 1947) and 16,182 young persons aged 14 and under 17 were found guilty of indictable offences.

The comparable figures for 1952 were 26,212 and 18,866; and the decrease in both age groups was 14 per cent.

Sir A. Bossom

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there was a decrease in the volume of crime in 1953 as compared with 1952.

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

I am glad to say that the provisional figures for 1953 show that the number of indictable offences known to the police in England and Wales during 1953 was 472,989, compared with 513,559 in 1952—a decrease of 40,570, or 7 .9 per cent.

These offences may be divided into groups, as shown in the following table: the Irish Republic. In 1954, imports of up to 15,000 tons from the dollar area will be permitted.