Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill [Lords]

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:19 pm on 27th February 1995.

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Photo of Mr George Robertson Mr George Robertson Shadow Secretary of State 4:19 pm, 27th February 1995

I know that the Secretary of State is under pressure on almost every front today, but that really is no excuse for his misrepresentation of our reasons for tabling a reasoned amendment in a Second Reading debate. He tries to imply that we oppose the Bill's Second Reading, but we do not. The amendment, in the tradition of reasoned amendments down the years, regrets certain aspects of the Bill, and states that the House should not give the Bill a Second Reading on certain specific grounds.

I intend to welcome certain aspects of the Bill, but its general failure to tackle the crisis of crime that so many people fear has led us to table a reasoned amendment, not to oppose the Second Reading of the Bill.