Lords Amendment: In page 7, leave out lines 32 to 43, inclusive, and insert:
(1) Any offence may be prosecuted in a court of summary jurisdiction or on indictment and any penalty shall be recoverable on conviction by a court of summary jurisdiction or on indictment, provided that no court of summary jurisdiction shall, except in the case of an offence which involves a fine for every day on which the offence occurs or continues, have power to impose a penalty exceeding fifty pounds and no court of summary jurisdiction other than the sheriff court shall have power to impose a penalty exceeding twenty pounds.
§ The SOLICITOR-GENERAL for SCOTLAND (Mr. MacRobert)
I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment."
I should like to explain that the Clause in the Bill was open to this objection. It provided when the maximum penalty that could be imposed exceeded £50, the case must be tried before a Sheriff and a jury. There are many cases where fines would be more than £50, and the new Clause provides for cases to be tried in the way stated.
§ Subsequent Lords Amendment to page 11, line 36, agreed to.