HC Deb 22 December 1915 vol 77 c488W

asked the Prime Minister whether, before the Bill relating to the consolidation of the Larceny Acts is passed, the Government will introduce and endeavour to pass legislation to mitigate certain of the penalties which can now be imposed under those Acts?


The maximum penalties under some of the older Acts are no doubt more severe than would be imposed by modern legislation, but their adjustment would be a task of some difficulty which must wait till times of peace. In the meantime no practical difficulty arises, as the discretion vested in Courts is well exercised, and any sentence which exceeds the most moderate limits is revised by the Courts of Criminal Appeal.

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