Oral Answers to Questions — Aliens (Gaming Offences, London).

– in the House of Commons on 4th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr James Wootton-Davies Mr James Wootton-Davies , Heywood and Radcliffe

asked the Home Secretary how many aliens have been convicted for taking part in gambling in London within the last six months; and whether he is satisfied that penalties are in these cases sufficiently repressive?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

Since the beginning of December last 92 aliens and 366 non-aliens have been convicted in the Metropolitan Police District for gaming offences. The penalty to be imposed, within the maximum for which the law provides, is a matter for the court to decide, and I have no information to suggest that the courts tail to make appropriate use of their powers.