New Clause 15 - Children as victims of domestic abuse

Part of Domestic Abuse Bill – in the House of Commons at 7:00 pm on 6th July 2020.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Conservative, South Holland and The Deepings 7:00 pm, 6th July 2020

I was not going to deal with new clause 28 because it has been debated at some length, but I simply say to Dame Diana Johnson, who tabled it, and who is a respected and experienced Member of this House, that it was not wise to do so for two reasons: not only because it is imperfectly drawn up, but because, if anything, it takes emphasis away from the main thrust of the Bill, which is to deal with the heinous crime that I have described—