Sir F. HALL
asked the Home Secretary if, in prosecutions under the Summary Jurisdiction Act for offences under the Business Names Act, it is necessary that the charge should be brought within six months of the offence; and, if so, whether, in view of the seriousness of such offences at the present time, he will take steps to enable such charges to be pursued irrespective of the period which may have elapsed after they have been committed?
Sir A. STANLEY
My right hon. Friend asked me to answer this question. An appeal is being lodged against a recent decision as to the time within which proceedings must be instituted under the Registration of Business Names Act in respect of a false statement, and the matter will be considered after the appeal has been heard.448W