HL Deb 25 July 1935 vol 98 cc853-4

[The references are to Bill No. 44.]

Clause 1, page 1, line 12, at end insert:

("(2) The criminal lunatic asylum established in pursuance of this Act (hereinafter referred to as the criminal lunatic asylum) shall be deemed not to be an asylum within the meaning of the Lunacy (Scotland) Acts, 1857 to 1919.")


My Lords, this new subsection is required in view of the definition of "public asylum" in the Lunacy (Scotland) Act, 1857, and of the use of the expression "asylum" in the Lunacy (Scotland) Acts. If the new subsection were not inserted, various provisions of the Lunacy Acts which are quite inappropriate would apply to the criminal lunatic asylum, and the asylum would be placed under the dual control of the Prisons Department for Scotland and the General Board of Control for Scotland. The Lunacy Acts never had in contemplation an asylum managed by a Government Department.

Moved, That this House doth agree with the Commons in the said Amendment.—(Lord Strathcona and Mount Royal.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.