HC Deb 19 April 1934 vol 288 c1129W

asked the Home Secretary if he is aware of the number of old criminal statutes still on the Statute Book and still enforceable, including various Acts affecting Sunday Observance and the Profane Oaths Act, 1745; and if he proposes to take steps to clear the Statute Book of obsolete statutes which are no longer of value?


It may be that the older criminal statutes contain some provisions which are now obsolete in form or substance, but there are other provisions the repeal of which would not command general assent. I do not think that the examination and revision of such statutes would offer practical advantages commensurate with the expenditure of time and trouble that would be involved.