HC Deb 20 May 1965 vol 712 cc274-5W
Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware of the success in other countries of the system by which juvenile delinquents are sent out of prison and approved schools to do cleaning and other constructive work for old-age pensioners and other private citizens; and if he will adopt similar methods in Great Britain.

Miss Bacon

Yes; similar methods have been in use in borstal institutions and approved schools in this country for many years. The work is entirely voluntary, covers a wide range of activities, and is permitted to boys and girls who have reached a sufficient degree of maturity and responsibility. It has not so far proved possible to extend it to young offenders in prison.