Clause 40

Part of Counter-Terrorism Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 13 May 2008.

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Photo of David Heath David Heath Liberal Democrat, Somerton and Frome 11:00, 13 May 2008

I am most grateful to the Minister. Of course I understand that, in almost all circumstances, a case of this kind would be transferred to a normal criminal jurisdiction. I just cannot entirely see why it is necessary to exclude a service court for the odd circumstance of perhaps late evidence in the progress of a trial in a service court, which has led to a suggestion of an aggravated offence by reason of connection with terrorism—why should the case then have to be abandoned in order to put it before an ordinary criminal court? I do not understand why the service court needs to be excluded, if the circumstances are such that it simply would not apply.