New Clause 4 — Anonymity Of Suspects And Defendants In Certain Cases (No.2)

Part of Sexual Offences Bill [Lords] – in the House of Commons at 5:15 pm on 3rd November 2003.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Conservative, Beaconsfield 5:15 pm, 3rd November 2003

I understand my right hon. and learned Friend's point. Proposed subsection (2)(b) makes it clear that the intention is not to catch the vendor, since it refers

"in the case of a publication in a newspaper or periodical" to

"any proprietor, editor and publisher of such newspaper or periodical".

Let me make the point clear—this is a difficult area of legislation, but that is not to say that we should not consider it. I am conscious that the new clause may contain a number of flaws, some of which I shall return to in a moment. I can already see some other areas that may need to be examined, but that is not to say that we do not need to consider this area. A serious situation is developing, and it will get worse.