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New Clause 10

Part of Serious Crime Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:15 pm on 10th July 2007.

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Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 12:15 pm, 10th July 2007

I rise briefly to thank and to pay tribute to the work of my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Sleaford and North Hykeham, in relation not only to the new clause, but to the other amendments that he has brought forward during the Committee debates, and to his contributions in support of the arguments that we have advanced. He has made an interesting, well-considered point that was well argued and well explained, as one would have expected based on his contributions throughout. He raises an interesting point, designed, as he says, to provoke debate. He has certainly done that today in highlighting this issue and moving this new clause. We shall see how the matter progresses, and I shall note with interest the Minister’s response to his detailed legal arguments and the way in which he set them out.