§ The Lord Advocate
I beg to move, in page 29, line 20, to leave out subsection (6), and to insert:(6) Nothing contained in section twenty-eight or twenty-nine of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act, 1887, shall require a plea tendered by or on behalf of a company to be signed.The effect of this Amendment is to waive, in a case in which a company is charged on indictment, the requirement that the plea of guilty shall be signed by the accused in court. The Clause as it stood dispensed with the necessity in the event of a company being represented by a solicitor or counsel, but hon. Members will recollect that it is possible, in pleas of guilty, for a representative to appear on behalf of the company, and we therefore thought it right to extend this exclusion or waiver to a representative as well as to counsel or solicitor.
§ Amendment agreed to.