HC Deb 15 July 1913 vol 55 cc1057-8

asked the Lord Advocate whether he is aware that several cases have lately occurred in Scotland of men who have been often convicted of offences against children repeating these offences on release from prison; and if he will consider the desirability of introducing legislation by which such men might be kept in perpetual confinement?


I am aware that cases have occurred of men who have been convicted more than once of such offences as are referred to by the Noble Lord. In such cases it is the invariable practice to label the previous convictions which are taken into account in imposing sentence, and it is competent under the existing law to impose penal servitude for life on conviction of rape. As at present advised I am not disposed to think that such legislation as the Noble Lord suggests is necessary, but the question which he raises will be considered in connection with legislation at present passing through the House.