Clause 58 - Inquiry: supplemental

Part of Railways and Transport Safety Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:30 pm on 25th February 2003.

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Photo of Anne McIntosh Anne McIntosh Shadow Minister (Transport) 3:30 pm, 25th February 2003

That was helpful. The Minister seems highly knowledgeable about acronyms relating to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, but when we try to hold him to account on the wording of an updated provision, he is rather less forthcoming. If I understood him correctly, the Minister views the provisions as dealing with serious offences and he said that imprisonment is for a longer term than under the 1997 Act. He also referred to parallels with the Criminal Justice Bill. I would have liked to hear why the offence is deemed to be more serious: what has happened between 1997 and today to make it more serious and why has the penalty been increased? Will the Minister satisfy me about taxation? Will the

auditor of the court be involved in the taxation of costs?