HC Deb 30 March 1950 vol 473 cc561-2
44. Sir Jocelyn Lucas

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that metal knuckledusters, coshes and other offensive weapons are freely sold in a number of stores and shops; and whether he will make it a penal offence either to sell or have possession of such weapons.

Mr. Ede

It is an offence under the existing law to be armed with an offensive weapon with intent to commit any felonious act, and in certain other circumstances. I am considering if it is possible to strengthen the law, but many of the articles employed as weapons have legitimate uses, and the problem of definition presents difficulties. Some of the most formidable weapons are home-made or improvised.

Sir J. Lucas

While not going so far as the humanitarians like Professor Joad, who advocates painless destruction of all armed bandits, would the right hon. Gentleman enforce the law far more strongly than it is being enforced at present?

Mr. Ede

I am making every effort to see that the law is enforced, and among the things I have under consideration for improving the position is the matter raised by the hon. Gentleman.

Mrs. Jean Mann

Would my right hon. Friend consider banning the sale of double - bladed sheath daggers to children?

Mr. Ede

That is exactly one of the things that presents the difficulty of definition.

Mr. Godfrey Nicholson

What about knuckledusters?