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Juvenile Delinquency

Volume 437: debated on Tuesday 13 May 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement indicating, in detail, the improvements he has in view in the treatment and cure of juvenile delinquency in Scotland.

It is difficult to deal with this matter in detail by way of question and answer. The recent expansion and reorganisation of the Probation Service, will, I hope, be continued; progress is being made in the better classification and organisation of approved schools and borstal institutions, and the development of after care services; and I am anxious that the standard of remand home accommodation and training should be raised. The position is continuously reviewed in consultation with the Scottish Central Probation Council, the Scottish Central After Care Council and the Scottish Advisory Council on the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders; and I am sending my hon. and learned Friend the published reports of the last. of these bodies. The schools are contributing to the prevention of juvenile delinquency by giving training in citizenship.