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Amendment 13

Part of Coronavirus Bill - Committee – in the House of Lords at 2:30 pm on 25th March 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle Green 2:30 pm, 25th March 2020

My Lords, I am very pleased to speak after the noble Baroness, Lady Kennedy; I second what she said about the prisons and would add immigration detention centres to that. People who have been accused of no crime should not be being held in dangerous conditions that threaten their lives. Particularly with this amendment, we have been focusing a lot on the level of fear. We have heard a great deal of powerful testimony about how fearful many people are—people with disabilities, people who are already ill and sick, and people who are old and frail. Regarding the kinds of reassurances that have been asked for: people may not know the fine details of the rights legislation, but a simple reassurance from the Government that they will comply with something that guarantees people’s rights will be terribly important.