Clause 6 - Property of detained persons

Part of Criminal Justice Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:15 am on 19th December 2002.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Minister for Prisons and Probation) 11:15 am, 19th December 2002

We will resist all the amendments in the group.

I was surprised, given the hon. Member for Woking's extensive call on the views of the Home Affairs Committee earlier, that he omitted, no doubt unintentionally, to refer to its view on this matter. It said:

''We welcome the provisions for . . . repeal of the requirement to record detailed particulars of a detained person's property . . . These appear to us to be sensible measures to reduce unnecessary police bureaucracy, without impinging on the rights of the accused''.

That is a very strong argument for supporting the clause.