HC Deb 30 June 1965 vol 715 c104W
Mr. Carol Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Advisory Council on the Treatment of the Offender is still functioning; how long it has been in existance; upon what subjects it has advised in the past; and what plans he has for it in the future.

Sir F. Soskice

As I explained on 10th March in reply to a Question by the hon. Member for Somerset, North (Mr. Dean) the appointments of the members of the Advisory Council on the Treatment of Offenders expired on 31st December, 1963. In view of the setting up of the Royal Commission on the Penal System, no fresh appointments were made and the Council is accordingly no longer functioning. Since the Council was set up in August, 1944, it has advised on a wide range of subjects relating to the treatment of offenders and in recent years has produced the following reports:

Alternatives to Short Terms of Imprisonment (1957).

The After-Care and Supervision of Discharged Prisoners (1958).

The Treatment of Young Offenders (1959).

Corporal Punishment (1960).

Non-Residential Treatment of Offenders under 21 (1962).

Preventive Detention (1963).

The Organisation of After-Care (1963).