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Criminal Trials (Scholars' Visits)

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 November 1950

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asked the Minister of Education if he will make a statement on the circumstances in which a party of school children were brought to the last York Assizes and remained there during the hearing of criminal cases of an especially sordid character; and if he will seek to prevent further occurrences of this kind.

Visits of this kind have to be arranged well in advance, but on the occasion to which I assume the hon. Member refers the secretary of the school society concerned was informed by the court authorities that they would try to let him know beforehand if an unsuitable case should come up on the day selected. The headmaster made inquiries on the day and was informed that everything was in order for the visit. In general, I feel sure that matters of this kind can be left to the good sense of the school and court authorities concerned.