States the following
Commitment of Children to Certified Industrial Schools.
(1) Any person may being before a court of summary jurisdiction any child apparently less than fourteen years
of age who is found under any of the following circumstances, that is to say,-
(a) habitually begging or receiving alms (whether actually
or under the pretext of selling anything or offering
anything for sale), or being habitually in any street or
public place for the purpose of so begging or receiving
(b) not having any home or settled place of abode, or
proper guardianship, or visible means of subsistence: or
(c) frequenting the company of reputed thieves or of
common or reputed prostitutes: or
(d) lodging or residing in a house frequented by
prostitutes for the purpose of prostitution.
(2) The court before whom a child is brought as being found under any of the circumstances aforesaid, if satisfied on inquiry of the fact, and that it is expedient to deal with the child under this Act, and if the child appears to the court to be less than fourteen years of age, may make an order for the detention of the child in a certified industrial school until he attains the age of eighteen years.
The court, in determining the industrial school to which a child is to be sent, shall endeavour to ascertain the religious persuasion to which the child belongs, and shall, so far as possible, specify in the order the religious persuasion to which the child appears to belong, and select a school conducted in accordance with that persuasion.
The Secretary of State may at any time, and shall where a child detained in a certified industrial school has attained the age of sixteen years, order the child to be discharged therefrom either absolutely or conditionally, that is to say, on such conditions as to the disposal of the child on his discharge, and as to his conduct thereafter, and otherwise, as the Secretary of State may think fit.
The bill contains many clauses and refers to the Elementary Education Act, 1879,
Industrial Schools Act, 1866.