HANSARD 1803–20051910s 1913 April 1913 21 April 1913 Commons Sitting ROYAL NAVY.

REFORMATORY SHIPS (BOYS).

HC Deb 21 April 1913 vol 52 cc38-9

 

Mr. JOYNSON-HICKS

asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the present need of men and boys in the Navy, he will relax the Regulation which excludes boys trained for the sea on reformatory ships, as such lads after a reformatory treatment of some years are now regarded as eligible for the Army and for the police service, and their training should have rendered them specially eligible for naval services?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. McKenna)

Any difficulty in the way of reformatory  school boys entering the Navy arises from the requirements of the Admiralty. The matter has been under the consideration of the Committee on Reformatory and Industrial Schools, and if they make any recommendation, I shall be glad to confer with the First Lord of the Admiralty on the subject.