20 OCTOBER 1961, Page 15

SIR,—Mr. Kennedy says we attacked him for having denied the

existence of lawyers who favour penal reform. We did not. We attacked him for having denied that they speak out in public. Speaking in Parliament is speaking out in public.

Mr. Kennedy says we described his views as absurd extravagance. We did not. We referred to the absurd extravagance of his expressions.

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