HC Deb 21 April 1948 vol 449 cc1846-7
Mr. Younger

I beg to move, in page 49, line 42, after "summarily," to insert "for a corrupt practice."

The effect of Subsection (6) is that an offence of which a person has been reported guilty by a court cannot be prosecuted summarily, but only by indictment. Under existing law, however, illegal practices are only punishable summarily. As the Bill stands, this would have the unfortunate result that no prosecution for an illegal practice could take place. The purpose of this Amendment is to limit the operation of Subsection (6) to the trial for corrupt practices only, leaving illegal practices, as under present law, to be prosecuted summarily.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.