HC Deb 28 July 1955 vol 544 cc176-7W
61. Mr. de Freitas

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that capital punishment is no longer the penalty for murder in eleven out of the fifteen member States of the Council of Europe; and whether he will have a study made of the in- cidence of murder in these countries before and since capital punishment was abolished.

Sir H. Lucas-Tooth

The Royal Commission on Capital Punishment collected and thoroughly analysed information from a number of countries in Europe and from the United States and parts of the Commonwealth. My right hon. and gallant Friend sees no need for a further inquiry.

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