asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that a 10 years old African boy was sentenced in Northern Rhodesia for a sexual offence to four years' detention in a reformatory and was sent about 1,000 miles to serve this sentence in the Transvaal, where he was handcuffed under the guard of a policeman; that the sight of this handcuffed child in the streets of Johannesburg has caused public concern; and whether he will at once take steps to amend the penal law of Northern Rhodesia so as to reform the treatment of juvenile offenders?
Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that this meant taking a native child from a Colony to a Dominion and that it was an additional penalty that he had to make a journey of 1,000 miles to a place of punishment? Will he take steps to see that a reformatory in the Colony is established?
Yes, Sir. That is why I wanted to obtain accurate information, because, in general, juvenile delinquents in Northern Rhodesia are committed either to a separate section of the central prison or to a reformatory training school which is run under the auspices of the Salvation Army in Northern Rhodesia.