HC Deb 14 June 1928 vol 218 cc1195-6W

asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of statistics showing that the number of deaths through homicide is less in the non-capital punishment states of America than those states where capital punishment is inflicted and in view of other available data, he will consider the advisability of instituting an inquiry to ascertain the value or otherwise of capital punishment as a deterrent to murder in this country?


No, Sir. I do not think this country would wisely be guided in criminal jurisprudence by the law or practice in America.