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Clause 6—(Calling Up For Training During Part-Time Service)

Volume 440: debated on Thursday 17 July 1947

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Lords Amendment: In line 43, at end insert:

"so, however, that the maximum punishment that may be awarded in respect of any such offence shall be, in the case of a person convicted by a court of summary jurisdiction, a fine of twenty-five pounds, and in any other case detention or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years."

I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment."

I think the point of this Amendment meets entirely the arguments we put forward. I think it is right to say that there is a difference in punishment imposed under the various codes, and in some cases penal servitude can be imposed for desertion. I hope that at some time an opportunity will be taken to bring those codes more into line. At the same time, I am glad that the Attorney-General has met the point, as he said he would in the course of our previous discussion.

Question put, and agreed to.