HC Deb 13 February 1917 vol 90 c446
65. Sir H. CRAIK

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the evils caused to the Army by the increasing incentives to vice now prevalent, particularly in certain localities near to this House, and to the small penalties inflicted upon keepers of disorderly houses; and whether he is prepared to take prompt steps to diminish these evils by more stringent regulations?


I am fully alive to the evils referred to by my hon. Friend. There are many difficulties in the way of further action by the police, but I am about to introduce legislation giving increased powers to magistrates which will, I hope, have a beneficial effect. The question of penalties for keeping brothels will be dealt with in the Bill.