HC Deb 15 April 1948 vol 449 c1287
Mr. Benson

I beg to move, in page 71, line 4, after "sentence," to insert: or six months from the date of release whichever is the longer.

Mr. West

I beg to second the Amendment.

Mr. Ede

I am advised that the wording of this Amendment could be improved, and it would be more convenient if the drafting were done in another place. If my hon. Friends will agree to withdraw the Amendment, I will undertake to have it inserted with suitable wording in another place.

Mr. Benson

I certainly agree, and beg to ask leave to withdraw the Amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Consequential Amendments made.

"The Licensing (Consolidation) Act, 1910. 10 Edw. In Section thirty-five, paragraph (2) shall cease to have effect.
7 & 1 Geo. 5. c. 24.

I have put down this Amendment in response to an appeal made to me by my hon. Friend the Member for South Battersea (Mrs. Ganley). It deals with the provision under Section 35 of the Licensing (Consolidation) Act, 1910, which provides that a person convicted of a felony is disqualified for life from holding a justice's licence. In my short period of office I have had the instance of a man who desired to get a justice's licence who at some early stage of his life had committed some offence which was technically a felony. During these discussions the word "trivial" has been used to cover a wide variety of matters. This offence really was trivial but the only way for this man to get a justice's licence was by His Majesty granting him a free pardon for the felony which he had committed a long time before. This Amendment will avoid that kind of thing happening in the future.

Amendment agreed to.

Further Amendment made: In page 80, line 40, column 2, leave out from beginning, to end of line 43.—[Mr. Younger.]

Mr. Younger

I beg to move, in page 82, line 13, column 2, to leave out from "time," to the end of line 22.

This and the next Amendment both relate to the same thing. They are con-