Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (11th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:15 pm on 24th November 2021.

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Photo of Lord Harris of Haringey Lord Harris of Haringey Labour 4:15 pm, 24th November 2021

My Lords, I have listened to this with great fascination. I am afraid that the Chief Whip is being slightly disingenuous. He says that all this time has been spent in Committee in this House on this Bill. Nobody disputes that; it is a fact. But what is significant is that this is new material which has not previously been considered anywhere—except within the bowels of the Home Office perhaps. It is new material and that is why this House needs the opportunity to scrutinise it. Without that scrutiny, it will pass into law without there having been adequate discussion of what are clearly important provisions—they are important because, otherwise, I presume the Government would not have brought them forward.