HC Deb 30 June 1858 vol 151 cc686-7

Order for Second Reading read.


said, he rose to move the second reading of this Bill. It had come down from the other House, and the object of it was merely to extend a principle already recognized. By the existing Act, an assault on a girl between the ages of ten and twelve, with intent, was a misdemeanor. It had been found since that Act was passed, that many girls at the ago of thirteen had fallen victims to attempts of the kind referred to; and, as the law threw no protection around them, this Bill proposed to extend the Act to all such attempts upon girls up to the age of thirteen, The Bill had come down with the sanction of the Lord Chief Justice of England.

Bill read 2o, and committed for Monday next.