Clause 8 — Desertion

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 5:15 pm on 22nd May 2006.

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Photo of Alan Simpson Alan Simpson Labour, Nottingham South 5:15 pm, 22nd May 2006

My maximum at this point just removes life imprisonment. I have no doubt that if the Committee agrees the amendment, the other place will send the legislation back with further amendments defining a more comprehensive and appropriate framework, and I have no objection to that. The point is that the Committee should express a view about whether we are willing just to nod through a presumption that the rationalisation of existing sentencing powers should be the maximum limit of life imprisonment, and it is important that the Committee should say no on that.