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Capital Punishment

Volume 21: debated on Friday 2 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in view of the recent appeal by the Police Federation of Great Britain and the increase in violent crime, he will now reconsider his former refusal to hold a national referendum on the question whether or not capital punishment should be available to the courts as a penalty for murder.

My right hon. Friend does not believe that the issue of capital punishment should be made the subject of a referendum.