Right Hon. C. J. DOHERTY (Minister of Justice) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 35 to amend the Prisons and Reformatories Act. He said: There is one provision of this Bill which is of general application; its purpose is to raise the age at which persons defined as children may be committed to reformatories instead of to penitentiaries or goals. The present age limit is sixteen years; the Bill proposes to raise it to eighteen years. There have been pretty widespread representations on the desirability of this change. Furthermore its desirability has been impressed upon my mind from observation of cases of very young people, slightly over sixteen years of age, who have been committed to the penitentiaries, which, under the present law, was the only place to which they could be committed. The other provisions of the Bill are to meet proposed changes in the reformatory system in the province of Nova Scotia, in order to adjust our legislation to meet those changes which are desired by the provincial authorities. I think there will be an opportunity later on of fully explaining those proposed changes.
Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.