Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974: Reform

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:22 am on 11 October 2007.

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Photo of Lord Elystan-Morgan Lord Elystan-Morgan Crossbench 11:22, 11 October 2007

My Lords, does the Minister agree that the bar has been set at a fairly low level in that only punishments of up to 30 months' detention are covered and that it takes 10 years for those to qualify? Does he also agree that, in the case of young people and persons in their 20s who have committed offences at an irresponsible period in their lives and have later reformed and lived decent and honest lives, this Act has been of particular value and merit?