Criminal Law Revision Committee
The Criminal Law Revision Committee of England & Wales is a standing committee of learned legal experts that may be called upon by the Home Secretary
Home Secretary
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 to advise on legal issues and to report back recommendations for reform. It was superseded by the Law Commission
Law Commission
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The first committee was set up by Lord Butler
Rab Butler
Richard Austen Butler, Baron Butler of Saffron Walden, KG CH DL PC , who invariably signed his name R. A. Butler and was familiarly known as Rab, was a British Conservative politician...

 in 1959 and since that time it has published reports on numerous contentious legal issues. Although not all of the Committee's reports have been adopted by Parliament
Parliament of the United Kingdom
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, many have had a great influence on UK
United Kingdom
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List of reports

  • Seventh Report: Felonies and Misdemeanours (Cmnd 2659)
  • Eighth Report: Theft and Related Offences (Cmnd 2977) (1966)
  • Fourteenth Report: Offences against the Person (Cmnd 7844) (1980)
  • Fifteenth Report: Sexual Offences (Cmnd 9213)

The seventh report was implemented by the Criminal Law Act 1967
Criminal Law Act 1967
The Criminal Law Act 1967 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. However, with some minor exceptions, it generally applies to only England and Wales. It made some major changes to English criminal law...

 and the Criminal Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1967. The eighth report was implemented by the Theft Act 1968
Theft Act 1968
The Theft Act 1968 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It creates a number of offences against property in England and Wales.On 15 January 2007 the Fraud Act 2006 came into force, redefining most of the offences of deception.-History:...

 and the Theft Act (Northern Ireland) 1969
Theft Act (Northern Ireland) 1969
The Theft Act 1969 is an Act of the Parliament of Northern Ireland. It makes similar provision to the Theft Act 1968 for Northern Ireland.-Section 11 - Removal of articles from places open to the public:...

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