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Policing and Crime Bill - Report (2nd Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:00 pm on 7th December 2016.

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Photo of Lord Blair of Boughton Lord Blair of Boughton Crossbench 4:00 pm, 7th December 2016

I support the noble Viscount, Lord Hailsham, on that point. However, given that this is Report, I ask the Minister to bring back a government amendment that says that it is the coroner. We should not lose this opportunity. I support the noble Lord, Lord Rosser, in saying that we ought to have a process in which there is an equality of arms between the two sides. As I understand it, however—I stand to be corrected—the House can do that only if the Government bring forward an amendment on Third Reading which says what the noble Lord’s amendment does, but that it is not the police and crime commissioner; it is the coroner. I completely agree.