HC Deb 06 June 1946 vol 423 cc2138-9
16. Mr. Nally

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in his review of existing criminal justice administration, he will consider the abolition of the death penalty.

Mr. Ede

All the subjects which might properly be included in a Criminal Justice Bill are now being actively considered by me.

Mr. John Paton

Is the Home Secretary aware of the proposals of the Select Committee which considered capital punishment, and reported in 1931, for the experimental suspension of this penalty for five years, and will he keep that under consideration?

Mr. Ede

I am well aware of the report to which the hon. Gentleman has alluded, and that is one of the things which is being considered.