HC Deb 07 August 1916 vol 85 c694W

asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been drawn to the statement in the Report of the Joint Select Committee on the Larceny Bill that the Bill should be amended on various points with a view to removing certain existing anomalies and inequalities; and whether, under these circumstances, the Government are prepared to move or assent to a Motion that the Bill be sent back to the Select Committee with an instruction to introduce amendments mitigating the existing penalties, with a view to bringing this portion of the criminal law into harmony with the more humane sentiment of the present time?


My right hon. Friend has asked me to reply to this question. The Amendments recommended by the Joint Committee for the purpose of removing anomalies were, on the Motion of the Lord Chancellor, incorporated in the Bill in the House of Lords. It is, therefore, unnecessary to refer the Bill back to the Committee.