New Clause 36 — Duty to Release Certain Life Prisoners

Criminal Justice Bill — [3rd Alloted Day] – in the House of Commons at 3:54 pm on 20th May 2003.

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'(1) Section 28 of the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997 (c. 43) (duty to release certain life prisoners) is amended as follows.

(2) For subsection (1A) there is substituted—

"(1A) In this Chapter—

(a) references to a life prisoner to whom this section applies are references to a life prisoner in respect of whom a minimum term order has been made, and

(b) references to the relevant part of his sentence are references to the part of his sentence specified in the order.".

(3) In subsection (1B)(a), for the words from "such an order" to "appropriate stage" there is substituted "a minimum term order has been made in respect of each of those sentences".

(4) After subsection (8) there is inserted—

"(8A) In this section "minimum term order" means an order under—

(a) subsection (2) of section 82A of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 (determination of minimum term in respect of life sentence that is not fixed by law), or

(b) subsection (2) of section (Determination of minimum term in relation to mandatory life sentence) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (determination of minimum term in respect of mandatory life sentence).".'.—[Paul Goggins.]

Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.