Cheap literature and juvenile crime


Mr HOGAN (Tipperary, Mid.) asked the Secretary for the Home Department whether his attention had been directed to recent revelations as to the pernicious consequences of the unrestricted circulation of cheap literature of a grossly demoralising and corrupting character amongst the young; whether he was aware that coroners' juries had appended to their verdicts on recent tragedies riders affirming the urgent necessity of legislative or administrative action, with a view to the correction or the checking of the evil; and whether any official machinery existed by which effect might be given to this recommendation, and, if not, whether he would arm some responsible authority with supervising powers in this connexion similar to those that had been exercised for many years to prevent the dissemination of unwhole-some and objectionable literature from the stage.

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