asked the Home Secretary the figures for juveniles convicted for offences during the war years; and whether an increase or decrease can be deduced from these?
The number of boys and girls under 17 found guilty of indictable offences increased considerably in each of the first two years of the war, but I am glad to say that there was a reduction in the third year. I will circulate the figures in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
In view of the fact that the provisions of the Criminal Justice Bill would have dealt with many of these cases, can my right hon. Friend hold out any hope of its introduction?
I shall require notice of that Question.
Following are the figures:
Number of boys and girls under 17 found guilty of indictable offences in the Juvenile Courts in England and Wales.
|September, 1938—August, 1939||…||29,123|
|September, 1939—August, 1940||…||38,688|
|September, 1940—August, 1941||…||44,298|
|September, 1941—August, 1942||…||37,846|