Committee (and remaining stages)

Part of Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill – in the House of Lords at 2:15 am on 7th April 2010.

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Photo of Lord Ramsbotham Lord Ramsbotham Crossbench 2:15 am, 7th April 2010

My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. I have to admit that the wording of this amendment was suggested by the excellent Public Bill Office, which has been overworked on this Bill as much as on anything else. As I have made clear on the other occasions when I have tabled this amendment, I am not in favour of all prisoners voting. However, to go into all the details of that at this stage of this Bill would be utterly inappropriate.

As regards timing, the Government have now had six years since the ruling of the court, so to come at this at a rush now seems utterly inappropriate. The last part of what the Minister had to say was highly inappropriate in relation to the Bill that we are discussing and the stage at which we are discussing it. It seems paradoxical, given that we have been fussed about the rush with which things have been put to us, to be ending up talking about a delay during which something could have been brought forward.

However, not just in view of the hour but in view of the stage of this Bill, it is obviously highly inappropriate to take this forward. I hope that the points that noble Lords were good enough to make will be taken on board in relation to the wash-up process and the need to get on with this issue and avoid the shame of being criticised by Europe for the fact that we have failed to take action. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment 155 withdrawn.

Clause 92 agreed.

Clause 93 agreed.

Clause 94 : Power to make consequential provision

Amendments 156 to 158 not moved.

Clause 94 agreed.

Amendments 158A and 158B

Moved by Lord Bach

158A:Clause 95, page 53, line 41, leave out subsection (1)

158B: Page 54, line 1, leave out "any other Part of"

Amendments 158A and 158B agreed.

Clause 95 : Extent, commencement, transitional provision and short title