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Theft Act 1978

Volume 81: debated on Wednesday 19 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce amending legislation relating to the provisions of section 3 of the Theft Act 1978 as it affects hotels, restaurants and taxis in view of the ruling of the House of Lords on Thursday 13 June about a client's intention to pay; and if he will make a statement.

My right hon. and learned Friend will, of course, study the House of Lords ruling in the particular case with interest. We have no evidence to suggest that, in general, those offering services requiring payment on the spot are not properly protected from dishonest actions by the Theft Acts.