HC Deb 20 May 1954 vol 527 c140W
83. Mr. McKay

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many local police authorities took proceedings against the sale of obscene literature by local salesmen during the year 1953; and how many of these local police authorities took legal action against the publishers of such literature where the names and addresses of such publishers were known.

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

I am informed that during 1953 proceedings were taken in 197 cases against local vendors of obscene literature under the Obscene Publications Act, 1857, with a view to obtaining an order for the destruction of that literature. The majority of such publications emanate from a comparatively small number of publishers in London, and during the same year nine of these publishers were successfully prosecuted and I understand that the question of instituting proceedings in other cases is under consideration.