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Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill — Commons Amendment

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:30 pm on 11th March 2014.

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Photo of Lord Brennan Lord Brennan Labour 5:30 pm, 11th March 2014

Now that I am in the same House as the noble Lord and not appearing in front of him as an advocate, I very firmly disagree. Compensation for miscarriages of justice does not depend on a successful appeal. For years, in certain cases, awards have been made without such an appeal. In the examples I have given, no contrary example has been given thus far to show why the other test proposed by the Government should be put forward. I make the following concluding submission: the Lords amendment is based on well founded principle—the Adams terminology—arising from a well established system of criminal law and criminal justice. The government test is neither of those things. The Lords amendment better serves the interests of justice and this House should send it back to the Commons for reconsideration by MPs and by the Government in the interim.