HC Deb 15 April 1948 vol 449 c1250
Mr. Younger

I beg to move, in page 30, line 30, at the end, to insert: (5) In relation to an offender committed for sentence under this Section, subsection (1) of Section twenty-one of this Act shall have effect as if for the words 'by the verdict of a jury,' there were substituted the words 'by the appeal committee or of the court of quarter sessions, as the case may be, and not by the verdict of a jury.' This Amendment relates to the method, by which an issue should be tried relating to proof of previous conviction of persons who are up for possible sentence to preventive detention or corrective training. It is provided that the issue of a disputed previous conviction should be tried by jury but, as it has been further provided that certain persons may be committed to an appeal committee or quarter sessions for sentence, and as one type of sentence might be corrective training or preventive detention, and as there would be no jury at an appeal committee, it is necessary to make provision to enable the court, or the appeal committee without the jury, to try the issue.

Amendment agreed to.