Clause 6, page 6, line 29, at end, insert:
("Provided that nothing in this subsection shall affect the power of the Lord Mayor of the City of London or any alderman of that City to direct that a person charged with an offence before him shall be tried at the Central Criminal Court.")
§ THE LORD CHANCELLOR
My Lords, this is a saving for the City of London. The power of the Lord Mayor or any alderman of the City of London to commit persons direct to the Central Criminal Court is one which ought not to he interfered with. The Central Criminal Court is a Court which is amply suited to deal with the less important as well as the more important indictable offences. Accordingly this proviso was inserted in another place. I think it is a reasonable one and one to which your Lordships may well assent. I beg to move.
§ Moved, That this House doth agree with the Commons in the said Amendment.—(The Lord Chancellor.)
§ On Question, Motion agreed to.