The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 83
Office of Inspector of Reformatory and Industrial Schools, 3, Delahay Street, S.W., 22nd November, 1884
22nd November, 1884.
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,(Signed,)
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.
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