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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 83

Parental Control

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Parental Control.

The following is a copy of a circular that has recently been issued to the Managers of Certified Reformatories and Industrial Schools.

Office of Inspector of Reformatory and Industrial Schools, 3, Delahay Street, S.W.,


I am directed by Secretary Sir William Vernon Harcourt to inform you that it is his desire that no boy should under any circumstances whatever, be discharged from a Reformatory or Industrial School for Sea or Coast Service, Emigration, or Enlistment in the Army or Navy, without the full knowledge and consent of his parents.

The Secretary of State requests that this injunction, which will apply also to the Emigration of Girls, be strictly observed.

I have therefore to ask that in all applications for the discharge of children as above-mentioned, the consent of the parents should be clearly intimated, and it should be also understood that no inmate under detention is to be allowed to leave the School except under the legal license (which does not extend beyond the country) without the express authority of the Secretary of State.

I am, Sir, Your obedient servant,


W. Inglis?,

H. M. Inspector of Reformatory and Industrial Schools.

P. S. A special report should be sent in cases of children suitable for emigration, &c., whose return to their parents is considered undesirable on account of the bad character and surroundings of their homes.

The Manager,

] Industrial School.

The following communication has been addressed to the Inspector, by the Secretary of the "Cornwall" Training Ship, in reply to the above circular letter.


The Committee of the Reformatory Ship "Cornwall" desire me to acknowledge receipt of your letter of the 22nd ulto., and to state in reply, that the instructions of the Secretary of State cannot of course refer to Reformatory Ships, which have been established for the special purpose of training lads for the sea.

I am, Sir, Your obedient servant,


Walter Millachip.

Major Inglis

, H. M. Inspector, &c., &c.