Clause 13 - Interpretation

Part of Criminal Justice and Police Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:00 pm on 15th February 2001.

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Photo of Sir Nicholas Lyell Sir Nicholas Lyell Conservative, North East Bedfordshire 3:00 pm, 15th February 2001

I was grateful to the Minister for giving some response to my question. It was intended to repair a deficiency in points that I raised earlier, and I make no bones about that. However, he has not answered a serious point that comes out of the use of the word ``issued'' in the relevant clause, as opposed to ``given''. Penalty notices have to be ``given''; they are not ``issued'' anywhere else in the Bill.

I ask the Minister—and those to whom we do not refer, but who might hear what we say—to ponder the matter. If the wording is changed, I hope that the net effect will be that any question about the identity or nomenclature of the person to whom the penalty notice had been given or issued could be reopened and heard under Chapter I if the first portion of it that came to the notice of the alleged offender were to arrive through the post in the circumstances that I described.