Clause 4 - Consequential amendments
Criminal Defence Service Bill [Lords]
David Heath (Shadow Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs & Shadow Leader of the House, Law Officers (Constitutional Affairs), Shadow Leader of the House of Commons (Also Shadow Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs), Shadow Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs (Also Shadow Leader of the House of Commons), Constitutional Affairs; Somerton and Frome, Liberal Democrat)
I rise to make the most pedantic and pointless intervention that I can. It is purely about the felicity of the drafting. Clause 4(2)(b) refers to ''subsection (4A) of that section''. One assumes that the section implied is section 23 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1969. If that is the case, it would be slightly better and clearer drafting if clause 4(2)(a) were to read ''subsection 5A of section 23 of the Children and Young Persons Act'' so that there could be no possibility of any confusion. That is, as I say, the most pedantic point but I prefer consistency in drafting, and later in the same paragraph we phrase matters in an analogous way. I commend the point to the Minister and those who drafted the Bill.
Bridget Prentice (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs; Lewisham East, Labour)
I am very happy to take the hon. Gentleman's pedantry on board. I agree with him absolutely both because he is right about the way in which clause 4(2)(a) is set out and because of consistency. If we are to be consistent, we might as well be consistent in a proper, correct way rather than a bad way.
Clause 4 deals with consequential amendments to other legislation required as a result of the Bill. I commend it to the Committee.
Question put and agreed to.
Clause 4 ordered to stand part of the Bill.