Clause 3

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:15 pm on 6th March 2007.

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Photo of Damian Green Damian Green Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 6:15 pm, 6th March 2007

I am grateful for the points that the Minister has made—particularly on the necessity for Crown court trials when sentences are over a year, which I had assumed was the relevant cut-off being applied. I am not sure in the aggregate whether that is an overwhelming argument against allowing sentences of more than a year when the Government are using that 12 months as a cut-off point in the powers that it seeks under clause 28. There are other ways to cut this particular cake and one could set a different minimum for the application. As the Minister said, it may well be sensible to return to this subject, possibly at greater length, during our discussions on clause 28. With that, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.