Clause 22

Part of Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:15 pm on 20 November 2007.

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Photo of David Heath David Heath Shadow Leader of the House of Commons 5:15, 20 November 2007

As the hon. Gentleman knows, I have not often departed from much of what he has had to say. It seems, however, that his amendments would do the opposite of what he hopes that they would achieve. Do they not reduce the discretion available to the court by inserting a higher figure for the minimum work requirement  that the magistrates court can impose? Perhaps I have misread the provisions of the original clause, but that was certainly the impression that I was given.