HC Deb 13 July 1936 vol 314 cc1824-5

11.28 p.m.


I beg to move, in page 9, line 19, at the end, to insert: (5) The conditions specified in an authority as aforesaid shall include such conditions as the Admiralty, the Army Council, or the Air Council, having regard to the circumstances of each particular case, think fit to impose for the purpose of securing that the prohibited weapon or prohibited ammunition to which the authority relates will not endanger the public safety of the peace. This is an agreed Bill, but during the Committee stage it was thought there was some doubt as to whether Sub-section (3) of this Clause was as tight as it ought to be in the interests of public safety. There was some doubt with regard to the use of firearms in theatrical productions and cinematograph films. The Amendment is designed to meet this point. It is an agreed Amendment in the interests of public safety, and will tighten up the law in connection with theatrical performances and cinema productions, and, I think, will cover up any other cases which might arise.

11.30 p.m.


I rise only to approve what the hon. Member has said. This is an agreed Amendment, and I do not think we had any disagreement in Committee, except on the question as to how best to secure the object we all have in view. When the hon. Gentleman brought up this particular point, we decided to confer, and the result of our conference is the Amendment which the hon. Gentleman has moved, and which, I think, will have the effect of strengthening the provisions of the Bill in this respect.

Amendment agreed to.