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Clause 29

Part of Counter-Terrorism Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:15 pm on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Douglas Hogg Douglas Hogg Conservative, Sleaford and North Hykeham 3:15 pm, 8th May 2008

I am sorry on the whole to be sounding a note of caution when I hear my hon. and learned Friend speaking on the matter. He will remember and keep well in mind the provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, where we have tariffs for murder. It is for the judge to determine where within the tariff the appropriate sentence lies. However, I have never heard it suggested—I have certainly never seen it done—that the jury should determine the class of homicide as prescribed in the schedule to the Act. I would be very cautious about giving juries a role in sentencing, which is what my hon. and learned Friend is in reality about.