HC Deb 15 June 1961 vol 642 cc65-6W
61. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what statistical evidence he has to show the relationship between juvenile delinquency and broken or unhappy homes, the sickness or frequent absence from work of parents, the misbehaviour of one or both parents or to other environmental factors.

Mr. Vosper

To make a critical review of the evidence that has been adduced on this subject would be a considerable undertaking. Speaking generally, there is considerable statistical evidence to show that some environmental factors, including unhappy or neglectful homes and inconsistent discipline by parents, are associated with juvenile delinquency. Further research is in progress in this country and elsewhere.

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