§ 56. Mr. Parker
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that public opinion in the Straits Settlement, both European and Asiatic, is strongly opposed to the proposed amendment (Section 157A) to the Penal Code; and whether the matter will be reconsidered?
§ The Secretary of State for the Colonies (Mr. Malcolm MacDonald)
As there is no Section 157A in the Bill referred to, I presume the hon. Member refers to the proposed Section 153A about which he asked me a question on 22nd June. I am able to inform him that the Section has now been deleted from the Bill. The matter is being dealt with in the new Sedition Bill, which is based upon the law in this country.