Clause 17 - Effect of sections 14 to 16 on byelaws

Part of Criminal Justice and Police Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:15 am on 27th February 2001.

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Photo of Charles Clarke Charles Clarke Minister of State, Home Office 11:15 am, 27th February 2001

This has been an interesting discussion. In response to the hon. Member for Southwark, North and Bermondsey, I will let the Committee into the mind of my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary. While examining the issue, he and I discovered an arcane system of byelaws—what they are and how they are made—that shocked him. In party political vein, I could add that that is all part of the Tory inheritance that we are trying to deal with.