Married Women (Presumption of Coercion).

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 22nd March 1922.

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Photo of Lieutenant Alfred Raper Lieutenant Alfred Raper , Islington East

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asked the Attorney-General whether it is now proposed to take steps to repeal the law by which wives charged jointly with their husbands with certain criminal offences are presumed to have acted under the coercion of their husbands, and by which juries are compelled to find a verdict of not guilty?

Photo of Sir Ernest Pollock Sir Ernest Pollock , Warwick and Leamington

The question whether any, and if so what, alteration in the law is desirable deserves and will receive careful consideration. The Lord Chancellor proposes, after consultation with me, to set up a small but highly expert Committee to make a Report to him on the subject as a whole. The decision as to whether any alteration should be made will not be taken until such a Report has been received.