§ Mrs. L. Jeger
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the number of prosecutions in the Metropolitan area for the last convenient period against men accused of importuning women and girls.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
I regret that this information is not available. Men who importune women and girls are usually charged with using insulting words and behaviour, and neither the statistics of this offence nor those of proceedings under Section 32 of the Sexual Offences Act, 1956, enable this type of offence to be distinguished from others.