Amendment 137

Part of Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (6th Day) – in the House of Lords at 6:00 pm on 26 February 2024.

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Photo of Lord Burnett of Maldon Lord Burnett of Maldon Non-affiliated 6:00, 26 February 2024

I thank the Minister for his response. It is a delight to see him back in his place. I also thank those who spoke in support of the amendment put down by the noble and learned Lord, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, with my support.

I was intrigued by the Minister’s reference to consultation with the Judicial Office last June. I was, of course, in post as Lord Chief Justice then. For administrative purposes, the Judicial Office is the alter ego, as it were, of the Lord Chief Justice. It may well be—I put it no more pointedly than this—that Homer may have nodded in June, because I had thought that the proposal of the noble and learned Lord, Lord Thomas, which is supported by me and elsewhere, was not controversial. If there has been a mix-up in communication historically on that, I apologise, wearing my previous hat. I am grateful to the Minister for indicating that the Government will be prepared to consider this matter further. I am of course entirely at the Minister’s disposal to discuss any proposals that may commend themselves to the Government to be brought forward on Report. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment 137 withdrawn.

Clause 41 agreed.

Clause 42: Public protection decisions: fixed-term prisoners

Amendment 138 not moved.

Clause 42 agreed.

Amendment 139 not moved.

Schedule: Offences relevant to public protection decisions

Amendment 140 not moved.

Schedule agreed.

Clause 43 agreed.

Clause 44: Referral of release decisions: life prisoners

Amendments 141 to 143A not moved.

Clause 44 agreed.

Clause 45: Referral of release decisions: fixed-term prisoners

Amendments 144 to 146A not moved.

Clause 45 agreed.

Clause 46: Licence conditions of life prisoners released following referral

Amendment 147 not moved.

Clause 46 agreed.

Clause 47: Licence conditions of fixed-term prisoners released following referral

Amendment 148 not moved.

Clause 47 agreed.