HC Deb 16 February 1961 vol 634 c1740
16. Mr. Cordle

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been under the Obscene Publications Act, 1959, since it became law.

Mr. Vosper

Eighty, Sir.

Mr. Cordle

In view of the spate of undesirable, salacious literature, why have not more prosecutions been instituted? Does it arise from defects in the Act?

Mr. Vosper

It is not, of course, for my right hon. Friend to initiate prosecutions. I should have thought that 80 was a considerable number. Perhaps I should add that they do not include forfeitures under Section 3 of the Act, of which there were 53. The Act has been on the Statute Book only 17 months, and I should have thought it a little early to suggest that there were defects in it.