HC Deb 06 December 1967 vol 755 c304W
73. Mr. Dempsey

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if, in view of the increasing use of dangerous weapons for assaults on persons, he will introduce legislation to give the police and courts more effective power to deal with this menace; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ross

The recent Criminal Justice Act has already given increased powers to the courts by increasing maximum fines both on summary conviction and on indictment. This will come into operation on 1st January, 1968.

I am still considering other aspects of this problem.