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Part of Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill – in the House of Lords at 5:00 pm on 20th March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Macdonald of River Glaven Lord Macdonald of River Glaven Liberal Democrat 5:00 pm, 20th March 2012

I rise even more briefly to support the amendment. I do not know of a single lawyer, prosecutor, judge or prison officer who does not believe that women's prisons are full of people who should not be there and, worse, who are being further damaged by being held there. The scandal is that we have all known this for years. Ministers know it, but nothing is done about it. The amendment is a modest proposal in the right direction, and it has my wholehearted support.