MP, Brent Central
MP, Brent Central
Sarah Teather sometimes rebelled against their party in this parliament
My remarks will be brief, as amendments 89 and 90 are probing amendments. They are designed to clarify exactly what the Government intend in terms of the purpose of schedule 3 and its relationship with the statutory defence. As the hon. Member for Foyle said, the schedule contains a very long list of offences for which the defence created in clause 39(1) will not apply. There are 134...
The problem is that situations can become so normalised for children that they have no idea whether they are forced to do something or not. If interviewed and questioned about what they thought, the chances are that they would not give the right answer to allow that defence to take place. When we discuss some of the later amendments, I will want to quote from a particular case where somebody...
Without making it clear that children cannot be compelled in the same way and that the test should be very different—the Bill does not make that clear—I cannot see how it will prevent children from being prosecuted. I return to the point that my hon. Friend the Member for Enfield, Southgate made that we must avoid children going into the criminal justice system in the first place....
Liberal Democrat MP for Brent Central
Entered House of Commons on 18 September 2003 — Byelection
Also represented Brent East
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