HC Deb 24 January 1969 vol 776 c188W
Mr. Newens

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many children under 12, 14 and 16 years of age, respectively, were arrested in Hong Kong during the demonstrations of 1967 and subsequent events; how many were boys and how many girls; how many are still imprisoned; and what are the lengths of sentences still to run in these cases.

Mr. Whitlock

A total of 149 boys and 31 girls under 16 years of age were arrested during the 1967 disturbances; of these one boy and two girls were under 12 years; 30 boys and 7 girls were under 14 years; and 118 boys and 22 girls were under 16 years.

Five boys (in the 14–15 age group) remain in prison; two still have 17 months each to serve, two have 20 months each and one boy has 26 months to serve, assuming maximum remission of sentence. Four are in an open prison; all are kept in a separate young prisoners' section where they have the opportunity of receiving academic and technical training.