§ 70. Mr. Parkin
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set up an enquiry into changes in the pattern of the commercialised exploitation of vice since the passing of the Street Offences Act, particularly with regard to the division of functions of the protector as between business manager, rent collector, housekeeper and friend, with a view to recommending any desirable further changes in the law.
§ Mr. Brooke
The main change since the passing of the Street Offences Act has been the removal of prostitutes from the streets. Thai Act increased the maximum penalty for the offences of living on the earnings of prostitution and exercising control over a prostitute from two to seven years imprisonment. I have no evidence that a further inquiry is necessary, though I am always ready to consider any information that the hon. Member ma y wish to send me.