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 5:45 pm on 3rd November 2003.

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Photo of Douglas Hogg Douglas Hogg Conservative, Sleaford and North Hykeham 5:45 pm, 3rd November 2003

I am not trying to say that the arguments that I advance constitute, collectively or individually, a complete objection, because we should debate this issue. It is a proper issue to address, but I am cautious about it. I have a strong feeling that there are more objections to this approach than right hon. and hon. Members have fully identified at this stage. I suspect that we will not put the matter to a vote tonight and we will have further opportunities to debate it, so I wish to do no more at this stage than express tentative doubts.