asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been drawn to a recent case involving a large-scale distribution of forged clothing coupons, for which the prime mover only received four years' imprisonment; and whether, in view of the gravity of such offences against the State, he will take the necessary steps to see that more drastic and deterrent punishment can be imposed in future for such offences?
In view of the fact that in this case it was stated that if this had gone on, the whole rationing system of the country would have been endangered, cannot something be done to impress on reluctant judiciaries that offences against the State are rather important?
Twelve persons were convicted. The sentences ranged from four months' imprisonment to four years' penal servitude. The printing press on which the coupons were printed belonged to Cohen, who was sentenced to four years' penal servitude.