HC Deb 31 January 1949 vol 460 cc1373-4
46. Mr. Blackburn

asked the Prime Minister whether he will advise that the terms of reference of the Royal Commission on the Death Penalty be extended to cover the method of execution.

The Prime Minister

Although the terms of reference do not expressly refer to the method of execution I do not think that it would be outside the competence of the Royal Commission to consider this aspect of the question, and I propose to ask the Commission to include this matter in their deliberations. I understand that the Chairman-designate would not object.