Borstal Institutes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland. – in the House of Commons on 24th November 1931.

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Photo of Mr David Kirkwood Mr David Kirkwood , Dumbarton District of Burghs

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asked the secretary of state for Scotland how many Borstal institutes there are in Scotland and how many inmates?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

Persons sentenced to Borstal detention in Scotland are at present accommodated in one Borstal institution and in four parts of prisons reserved for Borstal cases. The number of inmates on 18th November was 213 males and 16 females.

Photo of Mr David Kirkwood Mr David Kirkwood , Dumbarton District of Burghs

Are the inmates on the increase or the decrease?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

I must ask for notice of that question.

Photo of Mr George Buchanan Mr George Buchanan , Glasgow Gorbals

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider taking the Borstal boys away from the prisons?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

I should like to assure the hon. Member that the most scrupulous care is taken to keep these boys and girls away from the other inmates of the prisons, and the supervisory staff is very carefully selected for this work.

Photo of Mr David Kirkwood Mr David Kirkwood , Dumbarton District of Burghs

Cannot the right hon. Gentleman give us an assurance that he will take away these Borstal boys and girls from the prisons altogether There is adequate room for them elsewhere.

Lieut.-Colonel MOORE:

Are the cases frequently reviewed, so that boys who show signs of coming back to normal behaviour can have their punishment reduced?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

Certainly they are reviewed. As regards the previous question, I am assured that the parts of the prisons which have been set apart serve their purpose very well.

Photo of Mr George Buchanan Mr George Buchanan , Glasgow Gorbals

In the review of these cases, will the right hon. Gentleman show greater sympathy and clemency than any of his predecessors?