Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:45 pm on 3rd March 2008.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice 5:45 pm, 3rd March 2008

moved Amendment No. 125B:

Clause 113, page 80, line 14, leave out subsection (6) and insert—

"(5A) An "extreme image" is an image which—

(a) falls within subsection (6), and(b) is grossly offensive, disgusting or otherwise of an obscene character.

(6) An image falls within this subsection if it portrays, in an explicit and realistic way, any of the following—

(a) an act which threatens a person's life,(b) an act which results, or is likely to result, in serious injury to a person's anus, breast or genitals,(c) an act which involves sexual interference with a human corpse, or(d) a person performing an act of intercourse or oral sex with an animal (whether dead or alive),and a reasonable person looking at the image would think that any such person or animal was real."

On Question, amendment agreed to.

[Amendments Nos. 126 to 130 not moved.]

Clause 113, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 114 [Exclusion of classified films etc.]:

[Amendment No. 131 not moved.]


Sean Goldthorpe
Posted on 4 Mar 2008 5:28 pm (Report this annotation)

Acts which threaten a person's life/ serious injury: commonplace in mainstream media. Also crucifix.
Acts involving corpses : commonplace in video games. Also some news footage on TV.
Acts with animals: commonplace in entertainment and in circusses.
This law is intended solely to punish sexuality.
In practice, it could only be enforced in the most unjust and arbitrary manner.