HC Deb 30 April 1964 vol 694 cc92-3W
58. Mr. H. Hynd

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will be ready to introduce legislation to bring up to date the maximum penalties for offences.

Mr. Brooke

I assume that the hon. Member is referring to the review of small statutory fines which my Department has been conducting in consultation with others. Considerable progress has been made in this laborious and detailed task, involving examination of a large number of statutes and a wide variety of offences. I cannot at present say in which Session it will be possible to introduce legislation, but we are pressing on.