Committee (9th Day) (Continued)

Part of Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill – in the House of Lords at 4:30 pm on 9th February 2012.

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Photo of Lord McNally Lord McNally Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords 4:30 pm, 9th February 2012

I asked for the House of Commons Hansard for 1 November. I could have picked quite a few but I shall pick one for the House to catch the flavour. As I have said, I have been faced with such unanimity today. Mr Sadiq Khan said:

"No amount of smoke and mirrors can disguise the fact that, by abolishing indeterminate sentences, he"- the Lord Chancellor-

"is risking the safety of communities in each and every constituency".-[Hansard, Commons, 1/11/11; col. 793.]

You can imagine him banging the Dispatch Box and a growl of "Hear, hear" coming from behind him. That is the difficulty we have in this. Quite frankly, if the noble Baroness, Lady Mallalieu, or perhaps my noble friend, was dishing out awards for political posturing, it would not be to only one side of the House or to this end of the corridor. I am also a little-