HC Deb 19 September 1940 vol 365 cc207-8W
Sir Smedley Crooke

asked the Home Secretary whether, in order to protect the public, he will consider the advisability of obtaining power to enable magistrates to inflict more severe sentences on persons found guilty of drunkenness and disorderly conduct in public air-raid shelters by making such conduct an offence under the Defence of the Realm Act?

Sir J. Anderson

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer which I gave on 7th August to a Question by the hon. Member for Coatbridge (Mr. Barr). If my hon. Friend is aware of cases which have arisen which appear to indicate the need for increased penalties and will send me particulars, I shall be glad to consider the matter further.