Working Party on Street Offences Act 1959

Scope and Content

Lord Victor Stonham chaired the Social Offences Group with the objective of 'keeping the Street Offences Act (1959) under review and to watch any legislation which dealt with sexual morality and sexual inequality'. By the end of 1962, a Working Party was set up to study the effects of the Street Offences Act with a view to discovering what it should be replaced with if the Act was repealed. The Party consisted of six members (Miss Peto, Mrs Margaret Bligh, Dr Barker, Margaret Scott, Mrs E Burrows, Miss EM Steel).

Lord Chorley introduced three Street Offences Bills: Nov 1967, Mar 1969, Dec 1969

Sub-series consists of:

- papers relating to the Social Offences Group

- investigation on vice in London by Paul Daniels

- minutes of, report of and correspondence relating to the Working Party on the Street Offences Act 1959

- evidence for the Working Party on the Street Offences Act 1959

- papers concerning Phyllis A Bamattre's social introduction bureau

- correspondence relating to Lord Chorley Bills to amend the Street Offences Act 1959

- reports and drafts of, and press conference for Lord Chorley's Street Offences Bills

- evidence to Home Office Working Party on Vagrancy and Street Offences

- Mrs Bligh Scrutton's papers on Street Offences

- publications