Children and Young Persons (Probation Officers' Reports)

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th November 1960.

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Photo of Mr Alan Brown Mr Alan Brown , Tottenham 12:00 am, 24th November 1960

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will so amend Rule 11 of the Summary Jurisdiction (Children and Young Persons) Rules, 1933, as to ensure that all reports by probation officers relating to children and young persons appearing before juvenile courts are given on oath and are made available in all circumstances to the parent or guardian of the child or young person concerned.

Photo of Mr Dennis Vosper Mr Dennis Vosper , Runcorn

The Ingleby Committee fully considered the rule to which the hon. Member refers and decided not to recommend a change of the kind he suggests. My right hon. Friend has no reason to dissent from the Committee's view.

Photo of Mr Alan Brown Mr Alan Brown , Tottenham

Are we to understand that henceforth the Ingleby Report, many of whose findings may not necessarily be acceptable to all hon. Members, is to be regarded by the Minister as a document of divine inspiration in all matters appertaining to the treatment and general welfare of children and young persons?

Photo of Mr Dennis Vosper Mr Dennis Vosper , Runcorn

My right hon. Friend has this month asked representative organisations to comment on the Ingleby Committee's conclusions. If the hon. Member would like to give his views on this aspect, they will be considered.