Oral Answers to Questions — Juvenile Delinquency.

– in the House of Commons on 29th January 1942.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

asked the Home Secretary whether any steps are being taken to secure statistical research into juvenile delinquency; and whether any full report is likely to be published respecting recent investigations?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

Some time ago the Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science was good enough to undertake an inquiry into this subject on behalf of the Home Office, and I understand that the report of the results is shortly to be published. A summary of the result of these investigations has been circulated to the juvenile court justices, and I will send my hon Friend a copy.

Photo of Sir George Benson Sir George Benson , Chesterfield

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the basis on which these statistics are collected is entirely inadequate and that it is not really a question of examining the statistics which are available but of changing the basis of their collection?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

There may be room for controversy about the matter. It is an exceedingly difficult question. I am sure the London School of Economics have done their best.

Photo of Sir George Benson Sir George Benson , Chesterfield

I agree that the London School of Economics have done their best, but they have not the material to work on.