HL Deb 09 August 1869 vol 198 cc1469-70

Commons' Amendments considered (according to Order).


moved to agree to the Amendments made by the Commons in this Bill. He believed they were on the whole improvements, and would not interfere with the general principle of the measure. The Bill, as amended, provided that the Act should extend to Scotland and Ireland; that the conditions on which tickets of leave were granted should be laid before Parliament; that the registration should apply to all classes of criminals included in the Bill; that the supervision should be limited to convictions on indictments, and that it should be at the discretion of the Judge who passed the sentence whether that supervision should in all cases be imposed. The clause subjecting persons thrice convicted of certain offences to supervision for life had been struck out, it being felt that this would exclude them from all hope of returning to honest courses, and such supervision was therefore to be limited, as in other cases, to seven years. The clause making it obligatory on Judges to pass a sentence of seven years' penal servitude for the third offence had also been struck out, it being desirable that Judges should have a discretionary power. The clause regarding receivers of stolen goods had likewise been modified A Schedule had been inserted defining the offences in Scotland to which the Bill was to apply. He believed the Bill as now settled would prove a useful addition to our legislation on this subject.

Commons' Amendments agreed to.