HC Deb 15 April 1937 vol 322 cc1164-5
34. Mr. Creech Jones

asked the Home Secretary whether he has been in consultation, or will consult, with the Lord Chancellor on the subject of the ambiguity of the law relating to infanticide; and whether he proposes to introduce legislation for the purpose of modifying the law in this class of case?

Sir J. Simon

I presume that the hon. Member has in mind the question of amending the Infanticide Act, 1922, so as to define the expression "newly born." I have been in consultation with the Lord Chancellor on this subject. An examination of the problem shows that there would be a number of difficulties in amending the existing Act, and I am not in a position to promise any legislation on this subject.

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