Report (5th Day)

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 Warner Lord Warner Labour 5:00 pm, 20th March 2012

My Lords, I apologise for missing the beginning of this debate, but I was caught on the hop by the speed of progress.

Prompted by the noble Baroness, Lady Linklater, perhaps I may, with some trepidation, remind the Minister of the Youth Justice Board-not to score any points off him but to make the point that that body was set up to produce focus over a continuing period of time and to bring a range of agencies together to focus on the need of that particular group of offenders. I think the Minister accepts that some progress was made in youth justice by that kind of approach, and I hope that he will apply that approach and the same logic to women. I thoroughly support my noble friend's amendment.