Oral Answers to Questions — Growing Foodstuffs (Thefts)

– in the House of Commons on 1st October 1942.

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Photo of Mr Alfred Denville Mr Alfred Denville , Newcastle upon Tyne Central

asked the Home Secretary whether he is prepared to introduce regulations or legislation for the imposition of drastic penalties, including flogging, of persons found guilty of stealing from allotments or any other growing foodstuffs?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

No, Sir. I have no evidence that the present severe penalties are inadequate.

Photo of Mr Alfred Denville Mr Alfred Denville , Newcastle upon Tyne Central

Has the right hon. Gentleman's attention been drawn to a case recently where a person was ordered to pay a small fine for persistent robbing from allotments in a Northern town?

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

Will not my right hon. Friend resist this tendency to sadistic penalties?