Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill
Edward Garnier (Shadow Minister, Justice; Harborough, Conservative)
My main concern is that the evidence session is timetabled to finish this Thursday and the Public Bill Committee to start next Tuesday. Would it not be more sensible to allow a period of reflection between the end of the evidence sessions and the beginning of the Public Bill Committee? If one started the Bill Committee after the start of the new Session, the Government would have the advantage. I am not suggesting that they would necessarily reach any different conclusions—that would be a hope too far—but they would at least have the opportunity of being seen to have that time to reflect on the evidence. Therefore, my gentle suggestion is that Ministers spend next week at the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office reflecting on what they have heard this week rather than going through the line-by-line discussion of the Bill.