HC Deb 07 April 1938 vol 334 c655

9.32 p.m.

Mr. W. S. Morrison

I beg to move, in page 52, line 23, at the end, to insert: or to a fine not exceeding three hundrea pounds or to both such imprisonment and such fine. The object of this Amendment is to enable a fine to be imposed as an alternative or an addition to imprisonment for a third offence of illegal fishing within the fishing limits. It is considered that in certain cases a heavy fine would be a very effective deterrent. In some cases, if imprisonment were the only form of punishment left open, it would not be so easy for benches of magistrates to find the necessary evidence, whereas in the case of companies, a heavy fine, if you could not get a case for imprisonment, would be an adequate punishment.

Amendment agreed to.