Clause 28

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:15 pm on 15th March 2007.

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Photo of John Hemming John Hemming Liberal Democrat, Birmingham, Yardley 4:15 pm, 15th March 2007

It comes back to the question of mens rea and intent. Do people intend to achieve the results that are achieved? I do not want to go through a list of offences or examples of people who have been  imprisoned. I cited that example from my constituency because it involved somebody who happened to be mentally ill at the time. He dropped a cigarette and did not do anything about it. He pleaded guilty, which perhaps was also a mistake, but that is life. He has now got a problem. There are situations in which someone might get a short prison sentence. We have to look at the wider issue of where we set the limits on the rules.