HC Deb 26 July 1974 vol 877 cc2127-8
Mr. Mulley

I beg to move Amendment No. 26, in page 47, line 5, at end insert— '(4) At the end of the said section 101 there shall be added the following subsection— (8) Nothing in the provisions of sections 15(5) and 31(1) of the Summary Jurisdiction (Scotland) Act 1954 (complaint and previous complaint and previous convictions) shall affect the power of the court under subsection (4A) of this section to take into consideration a previous conviction or disqualification endorsed on the licence of the accused."'.

The Temporary Chairman (Mr. Harold Gurden)

With this amendment, I understand, it is convenient to take Government Amendments Nos. 27 to 30.

Mr. Mulley

Amendment No. 26 is a technical matter. It seeks to bring the Scottish law into line with that of the rest of the United Kingdom. Amendments Nos. 27 to 30 bring about a change in the penalties proposed in respect of offences by conductors on buses and also offences committed by passengers. Happily, I understand, there are few inci dents of this sort, but, looking at the figures, it appeared to me that the increase from £5 to £50 was out of proportion with the increases in the schedule. I hope the House will agree that by making the figure £20 in the first case and £50 in the others, it will provide a proper balance.

Amendment agreed to.

Schedule 3, as amended, agreed to.

Schedule 4 agreed to.

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