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Policing and Crime Bill - Report (2nd Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:15 pm on 7th December 2016.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Chesterton Lord Hunt of Chesterton Labour 4:15 pm, 7th December 2016

My Lords, I support the amendment tabled by my noble friend. I speak as a scientist. I tabled a Question some eight or nine years ago about when there are scientific questions in a legal case and lots of money is spent by the Crown on some prosecution and little or zero money is available for the defence. It would be more appropriate, as in many civil cases, to have some sharing between the two sides of the nature of the scientific study and the interpretation of the data. When that does not happen—for example, it did not in the case of R v Sion Jenkins—you get serious miscarriages of justice and lots of money being spent: £10 million, I think, in that case. This amendment is very important.