HC Deb 20 March 1958 vol 584 cc162-3W
70. Mr. F. Harris

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that a person in respect of whom a probation order has been made on account of sexual offences against young children is entitled to have that order discharged on production of a medical report stating that he is cured; and if he will examine the working of the law in this matter, in view of responsible medical opinion that such a cure cannot be guaranteed.

Mr. R. A. Butler

Where a probation order contains a requirement for the probationer to undergo treatment for his mental condition, the medical practitioner responsible for the treatment has a duty to inform the probation officer if he is of opinion that it is no longer required. The probation officer must then apply to the court for cancellation of the requirement; but the court has full discretion in the matter. Cancellation of the requirement does not, in any event, involve the discharge of the order.

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