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Crime and Security Bill

Part of Bill Presented — Pedicabs Bill – in the House of Commons at 9:29 pm on 18th January 2010.

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Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 9:29 pm, 18th January 2010

This has been a wide-ranging, well informed and passionate debate. I had intended to deal with overseas victims later in my contribution, but in the light of the eloquent, measured and passionate speech of my hon. Friend Mr. Ellwood, I will start with that. It was very moving to hear his contribution, describing the direct impact that terrorism can have on individuals. He spoke from the heart about his real-life experience, including the trauma, the issues that are thrown up and the unfairness of the current system in terms of compensation. I say to him and to Mr. McCartney that we will look closely and carefully at the Government's proposals. They are not in the Bill, so it is difficult to comment on them specifically, but the right hon. Gentleman certainly has my assurance that the issue will not be treated as a political football. It is too important, too serious and touches the lives of far too many people to be treated in that way, so we will look carefully at what transpires in the Government's proposals.

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