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Criminal Justice Bill (Sleeping Rough)

Volume 13: debated on Thursday 26 November 1981

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47.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will introduce provisions in his forthcoming Criminal Justice Bill to repeal the offence of sleeping rough under the Vagrancy Acts 1824 to 1935.

No. The Select Committee on Home Affairs recommended in its Third Report, session 1980–81, H.C.271, that the offence should be retained, at least for the time being. The Government, in their reply to the report, said that they accepted this recommendation.