Official: Home Office: Printed material. All items are printed unless otherwise described.

Reference code: CHAR 12/1

Part of: CHAR 12
Next record: CHAR 12/2

Date: 1907 - 1911

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CHAR 12/1/1 Report entitled "Women and Children in Public Houses. Information obtained from certain police forces as to the frequenting of public houses by women and children". 1907
CHAR 12/1/2 Letter from WSC (Home Office) to the Cabinet enclosing a report of an address on the feeble-minded [see CHAR 12/1/3] delivered in May 1909 by Dr A F Tredgold (one of the medical advisors to the Royal Commission on the feeble-minded). The report is recommended by WSC as it summarises the "serious problem to be faced" which is the subject of a draft Bill. [1910]
CHAR 12/1/3 Report entitled "The Feeble-Minded: A Social Danger" and marked "confidential" based on an address delivered in May 1909 by Dr A F Tredgold (one of the medical advisors to the Royal Commission on the feeble-minded). The report includes discussion of: the estimated numbers of mental defectives in England and Wales; genetic causes of mental deficiency; the theory of national degeneracy; solutions including sterilisation of the "unfit" and the establishment of colonies. Address delivered in May 1909, report printed [1910]. Covering letter at CHAR 12/1/2. 1909 - 1910
CHAR 12/1/4 "Report of the Departmental Committee on the Procedure of Royal Commissions" addressed to WSC. Annotated "Michael Heseltine". [1910]
CHAR 12/1/5 Confidential memorandum from WSC to the Cabinet on the subject of the "Abatement of Imprisonment". WSC recommends a "scientific and benevolent measure" for prisons and the punishment of offenders, the aim of which would be a reduction in the numbers of short prison sentences for petty offences. Proposed methods to achieve this reduction are: a "penal drill" for juvenile offenders; the abolition of imprisonment for debt and petty offences; and a period of grace for the payment of fines. WSC also proposes the establishment of a range of specialised institutions and a Board of Classification to consider all cases after sentence. Memorandum dated 25 Oct 1910, printed 28 Oct 1910. Duplicate copy held with CHAR 12/1. 25 Oct 1910 - 28 Oct 1910
CHAR 12/1/6 Draft bill to amend the law "with respect to the treatment and punishment of certain offenders, the imprisonment of debtors, and the administration of justice" Annotated. 1911
CHAR 12/1/7 Letter from WSC (Home Office) introducing draft clauses which he proposes to add to the Aliens Bill [see CHAR 12/1/8]. Annotated. 12 Apr 1911
CHAR 12/1/8 Draft clauses to the Aliens Bill concerning the registration of aliens in fortified places and proposing that the King be given additional powers in respect of aliens in the event of a national emergency. Covering letter at CHAR 12/1/8. 13 Apr 1911
CHAR 12/1/9 Letter from [? Sir Evelyn Ruggles-Brise, Chairman of the Prison Commission] (Home Office) to [WSC] concerning the rough draft of a Bill [in respect of prisons and the administration of justice] [see CHAR 12/1/10] Manuscript signed with initials. 25 Mar 1911
CHAR 12/1/10 Draft bill concerning punishment and the administration of justice to amend the law concerning "the treatment and punishment of certain offenders, the imprisonment of debtors, and the administration of justice in the courts of Summary Jurisdiction" See CHAR 12/1/9. Annotated with handwritten corrections [? by Sir Evelyn Ruggles-Brise, Chairman of the Prison Commission]. 1911