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Making the PeacePublic Order and Public Security in Modern Britain$
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Charles Townshend

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198229780

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229780.001.0001

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The Ultimate Emergency

The Ultimate Emergency

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(p.112) 6 The Ultimate Emergency
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Making the Peace
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Charles Townshend

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229780.003.0006

This chapter examines the passage of the Emergency Powers Bill in England as a way to maintain public order during World War II. Home Secretary Sir Samuel Hoare defended the timing and importance of the bill given the changed nature of war. However, there were two provisions of the bill that became the centre-point of a large mid-war constitutional issue. These were the apprehension, trial, and punishment of persons offending against the Regulations, and the detention of persons in the interest of public safety or defence of the Realm.

Keywords:   Emergency Powers Bill, public order, England, Sir Samuel Hoare, public safety, defence of the Realm

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