HC Deb 15 March 1939 vol 345 c415
87. Mr. Thurtle

asked the Home Secretary whether there have been any prosecutions under 1 Edw. 6, c. 1, 5 and 6 Edw. 6, c. 1, 1 Eliz. c. 2, 9 Wm. 3, c. 35, Blasphemy Act, 1697, 19 Geo. 2, c. 21, and Profane Oaths Act, 1745, since 1914; and will he consider introducing legislation to repeal these Acts?

Mr. Lloyd

So far as can be ascertained there have been since 1914 five prosecutions under the last-mentioned Act. Among the five Statues cited by the hon. Member is the Act of Uniformity, and, as he will realise, the likelihood of Parliament finding time in the near future for the revision of these Acts is small.

Mr. Gallacher

Has there never been any question of considering the advisability of using the blasphemy laws against those who claim that the Prime Minister was divinely guided at Munich?