Qualifying Bodies

Part of Clause 12 – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th July 1976.

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Photo of Mr Roy Jenkins Mr Roy Jenkins , Birmingham Stechford 12:00 am, 8th July 1976

I think that the points which the hon. and learned Member for Runcorn (Mr. Carlisle) has made clearly merit careful consideration. I am at present persuaded that the subsection is right and that the fears he has expressed, which I cannot dismiss out of hand, are misplaced, but I should like to consider his arguments carefully to see whether there is any contradiction between the Bill and the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, which was not a Government Act but which we facilitated through the House.

Without any promise as to our attitude, because I am at present persuaded that the provision is right, I should like to take into account what the hon. and learned Gentleman has said. I could not accept an amendment at this stage, but I shall consider before the Bill reaches another place whether his arguments are as forceful as some of them sounded when he spoke.