Criminal Law Revision Committee

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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 to advise on legal issues and to report back recommendations for reform. It was superseded by the Law Commission. [1]


The first committee was set up by Rab Butler 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, many have had a great influence on UK legislation.

List of reports

  • Seventh Report: Felonies and Misdemeanours (Cmnd 2659)
  • Eighth Report: Theft and Related Offences (Cmnd 2977) (1966)
  • Thirteenth Report: Section 16 of the Theft Act 1968 (Cmnd. 6733) (1977)
  • 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 and the Criminal Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1967. The eighth report was implemented by the Theft Act 1968 and the Theft Act (Northern Ireland) 1969.


  1. ^ Undersecretary of State for the Home Office Hansard 2006

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