HC Deb 16 July 1959 vol 609 c54W
Mr. Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has now had an opportunity of fully considering the plea of the judge and jury at the recent murder trial of Mr. Arthur James Cox, of Forest Gate, E.7, for mercy and a sympathetic treatment of this case of non-capital murder; and whether he is now in a position to state what action he proposes to take in connection with this matter.

Mr. R. A. Butler

No indication can be given at this stage of how long Cox is likely to be detained. All I can say is that the case will be reviewed in accordance with the normal practice when he has served one year. All the relevant considerations, including the jury's recommendation, will then be taken into account. I cannot find grounds for taking any earlier action.