Criminal Justice Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 6:00 pm on 15th July 2003.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Wirral Lord Hunt of Wirral Conservative 6:00 pm, 15th July 2003

This has been a very important debate, with some outstanding speeches from all sides of the House. However, if noble Lords will forgive me, I do not think that I should delay matters by seeking to respond. Suffice it to say that this House has an honourable and proud tradition of standing firm against the executive to protect our fundamental rights and liberties. I, and many other noble Lords, have stressed why we believe that the right to jury trial is one of those fundamental freedoms. Therefore, I hope that this Chamber will fight to keep this very touchstone of our liberties. I wish to test the opinion of the Committee.