There is already a right to call expert witnesses in all proceedings under the Obscene Publications Act, and to jury trial in all proceedings under Section 2 of the Act. My hon. Friend may have in mind prosecutions under the Vagrancy Acts in respect of indecent exhibitions; I am keeping closely in mind the need for review of these Vagrancy Acts.
Does my right hon. Friend agree that we must be continually vigilant to protect artistic freedom from interference? Have there not been several recent very disturbing instances of prosecutions of painters under the Vagrancy Acts? Does not the present anomalous law lay, for example, the National Gallery open to prosecution on the grounds of exhibiting nudes by Renoir, Rubens and Cranach?