Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th November 1947.

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Photo of Viscount  Turnour Viscount Turnour , Horsham 12:00 am, 28th November 1947

I was not making a complaint about the omission; I was making it a point of interest to which the Under-Secretary can perhaps reply later.

As other Members have said, I would like to emphasise that we have the most humane penal and prison system in the world. We can be proud of it, and this Bill will further improve it. We can also be proud of one other thing: it is a tribute to this House, as an institution, that, in the midst of world disturbances, the economic crisis at home, and fierce party controversy in most fields of political endeavour, we can calmly and reasonably put aside all prejudices to discuss a big Measure of prison reform. That is a tribute to this House, and thus it is that our system of democracy has once again justified itself.