asked the Home Secretary whether he is satisfied that the existing legislation in Great Britain dealing with procuration of women for immoral purposes does, in fact, adequately fulfil the obligations His Majesty's Government has entered into by ratification of the 1910 International Agreement and the 1921 International Convention against traffic in women; and, now that His Majesty's Government has, by signing the 1933 Convention on the same subject, agreed in principle to abolish the age limit of 21 years in procuration offences, will he examine Section 2 (1) of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1885, since this Sub-section not only excludes common prostitutes and women of known immoral character from its operation but also excludes any women over 21 years of age?
§ Sir J. SIMON
His Majesty's Government was advised some years ago that the provisions of the existing law in the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1885, enabled it to fulfil the obligations which2968W it accepted in respect of the International Conventions of 1910 and 1921 to which the hon. Member refers. The question whether any amendment of the law is required to enable His Majesty's Government to ratify the International Convention of 1933 is now under consideration.