Obscene Publications Act, 1959

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th November 1960.

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Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden 12:00 am, 24th November 1960

I have carefully considered by hon. Friend's suggestion, which would require legislation. At present, the court decides whether a publication is obscene; and I am not convinced that it would be right to withdraw the decision from the court where a publication has, on the initiative of the publisher, secured the approval of a censorship committee.