Clause 13

Part of Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 20 November 2007.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice 12:00, 20 November 2007

The amendments are minor. They close a minor loophole in the provisions on consecutive sentences. The clause was intended to clarify the position on imposing consecutive sentences on different occasions. However, on closer inspection, and bearing in mind the fact that the provisions on sentences of under 12 months in the Criminal Justice Act 2003 have not yet commenced, it is clear that clause 13 does not yet cover the restriction on consecutive sentences in cases where the new sentence is one of less than 12 months imposed for an offence committed on or after 4 April 2005. The amendments will close that minor loophole and I commend them to the Committee.