HC Deb 30 June 1932 vol 267 c2068

Lords Amendment: In page 7, line 38, at the end, insert: or (d) who, being a female, is a member of the same household as a female in respect of whom an offence under the Punishment of Incest Act, 1908, has been committed by a member of that household.


I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment."

At present the power under this Clause to bring young persons before a juvenile court when they are in need of care or protection only extends to circumstances where incest has been committed in respect of a young person and where another young person or child in the same household can be brought before the court. The effect of the Lords Amendment is to extend that protection and to make it possible now to bring a child or young person before the juvenile court if the offence has been committed against any female in the house, whether she is a young person or not. It is clearly right that the age of the person against whom the offence has been committed does not make any difference to the danger which may face other children or persons in the household, and, that being so, I hope that the House will agree with the Lords in the said Amendment.

Subsequent Lords Amendments to page 9, line 42, agreed to.