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Part of Criminal Justice and Courts Bill – in the House of Lords at 6:15 pm on 22nd October 2014.

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Photo of Lord Faulks Lord Faulks The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice 6:15 pm, 22nd October 2014

As I said a little earlier, we do not expect this to happen, certainly in the short term. However, we do not want to write into the legislation that it should never happen. This is because, as noble Lords will appreciate, not all 14-year old boys are the same, physically, mentally or in their needs. This is also so with girls. I do not anticipate that this is likely to happen in the short term, but this amendment would completely prevent it happening. Yet there are instances of girls and boys actually deriving benefit from each other’s company.