HL Deb 22 April 1971 vol 317 cc853-4

[No. 79]

Schedule 8, page 66, line 45, at end insert— .At the end of the said section 14 add:— (6) The powers conferred by this section shall not be taken as restricted by any enactment about committal by a magistrates' court to the Crown Court which authorises the Crown Court to deal with an offender in any way in which the magistrates' court might have dealt with him: Provided that any term fixed under subsection (1)(c) above as respects a fine imposed by the Crown Court in pursuance of such an enactment, that is to say a fine which the magistrates' court could have imposed, shall not exceed the period applicable to that fine (if imposed by the magistrates' court) under Schedule 3 to the Magistrates' Courts Act 1952 or section 285 of the Customs and Excise Act 1952."


My Lords, I beg to move that this House doth agree with the Commons in their Amendment No. 79. This Amendment will enable the Crown Court to impose a penalty of imprisonment, in default of payment of a fine, in certain cases where courts of assize or quarter sessions do not have such power at the moment, owing to a lacuna in the Criminal Justice Act, 1967.

Moved, That this House doth agree with the Commons in the said Amendment.—(The Lord Chancellor.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.