Crime (Sentences) Bill

Orders of the Day — Police Bill [Lords] – in the House of Commons at 9:45 pm on 19th March 1997.

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Lords amendments again considered.

Question again proposed, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said amendment.

Photo of Mr Alex Carlile Mr Alex Carlile , Montgomery 10:01 pm, 19th March 1997

I was about to add one comment. I hope that, during the general election campaign, those who may be in the House afterwards will allow the public to be given a sensible and informed debate on the issues surrounding the criminal justice system.

Members of Parliament serve the public ill by misleading them about the nature of legislation and the attitudes of other political parties. Every party represented in the House, without exception, wants to improve criminal justice policy. No party in the House is soft on crime. We are all striving to find better solutions to a serious problem. Let us hope that, during the election campaign, the subject can be debated intelligently, for a change.

Lords amendment agreed to.

Lords amendments Nos. 2 to 88 agreed to.