HC Deb 20 October 1949 vol 468 c70W
Mr. Turner-Samuels

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether His Majesty's Government will introduce legislation at an early date to enact that sentence of death, in any case where a jury finds a verdict of guilty of murder, shall be postponed until the Home Secretary has had an opportunity of deciding whether the case is one in which His Majesty should be advised to exercise the prerogative of mercy.

Mr. Ede

The course suggested by my hon. and learned Friend would give rise to a number of practical difficulties; but in any event I would not feel justified in proposing legislation on a question of this kind until the Royal Commission on Capital Punishment has reported.