Clause 4 - Serious terrorism sentence for adults aged under 21: England and Wales

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill – in the House of Commons at 5:45 pm on 21st July 2020.

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  • Division number 83
    A majority of MPs voted not to consider options other than a serious terrorism sentence (minimum 14 years detention, plus at least 7 years on licence) for those who are aged 18-21 and are convicted of a serious terrorism offence.

Amendment proposed: 30, page 5, line 35, at end insert—

“(7) The pre-sentence report must —

(a) take account of the offender’s age;

(b) consider whether options other than a serious terrorism sentence might be more effective at—

(i) reducing the risk of serious harm to members of the public, or

(ii) rehabilitating the offender.

(8) The court must take account of any points made by the pre-sentence report in relation to the matters in subsection (7) and consider whether they constitute exceptional circumstances under subsection (2).”.—(Alex Cunningham.)

Question put, That the amendment be made.

Division number 83 Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill — Clause 4 — Consideration of Alternatives to a Serious Terrorism Sentence

A majority of MPs voted not to consider options other than a serious terrorism sentence (minimum 14 years detention, plus at least 7 years on licence) for those who are aged 18-21 and are convicted of a serious terrorism offence.

Aye: 187 MPs

No: 335 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Nos: A-Z by last name

Tellers

Absent: 124 MPs

Absents: A-Z by last name

The House divided: Ayes 189, Noes 335.

Question accordingly negatived.

The list of Members currently certified as eligible for a proxy vote, and of the Members nominated as their proxy, is published at the end of today’s debates.

Proceedings interrupted (Programme Order, 20 March).

The Deputy Speaker put forthwith the Questions necessary for the disposal of the business to be concluded at that time (Standing Order No. 83E).