Criminal Justice and Police Bill

– in a Public Bill Committee on 27th February 2001.

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[Mr. Roger Gale in the Chair]

Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs) 10:30 am, 27th February 2001

On a point of order, Mr. Gale. I thank the Minister for providing guidance concerning fixed penalty notices and for tabling two new clauses that deal with the issues surrounding Huntingdon Life Sciences. If it becomes necessary for the Programming Sub-Committee to meet again, will the Minister consider changing the order of consideration to ensure that there will be enough time to debate the new clauses? Perhaps he would consider interposing them after schedule 1, as they address issues that are in the public eye, and there is great concern for the welfare of the scientists involved.

Photo of Roger Gale Roger Gale Conservative, North Thanet

That may be considered, if the Sub-Committee sits again.

Photo of Charles Clarke Charles Clarke Minister of State, Home Office

Further to that point of order, Mr. Gale. The Government will carefully consider the comments made by you and the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire (Mr. Heald). His suggestion is worthy of being taken seriously, and the matter might usefully be discussed by the usual channels.

Photo of Ms Helen Clark Ms Helen Clark Labour, Peterborough

Further to that point of order, Mr. Gale. The hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire has anticipated what I was going to say. I draw the Committee's attention to the brutal outrage committed against Brian Cass, the chief executive of Huntingdon Life Sciences. Will the Minister assure the Committee that there will be ample time to discuss the matter?

Photo of Roger Gale Roger Gale Conservative, North Thanet

The hon. Lady has succeeded in drawing the Committee's attention to the matter, but it is not a point of order. Clause 15 Designated public places