Clause 6 - Property of detained persons
Criminal Justice Bill
Mr Hilary Benn (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office; Leeds Central, Labour)
We will resist all the amendments in the group.
I was surprised, given the hon. Member for Woking's extensive call on the views of the Home Affairs Committee earlier, that he omitted, no doubt unintentionally, to refer to its view on this matter. It said:
''We welcome the provisions for . . . repeal of the requirement to record detailed particulars of a detained person's property . . . These appear to us to be sensible measures to reduce unnecessary police bureaucracy, without impinging on the rights of the accused''.
That is a very strong argument for supporting the clause.