Clause 113 - Offences of threatening with article with blade or point or offensive weapon in public or on school premises

Part of Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:45 pm on 13th October 2011.

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Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry Conservative, Broxtowe 2:45 pm, 13th October 2011

On what basis does the hon. Lady say that it is soft to say that people who carry knives in the manner described by the Justice Secretary should expect to go to prison for a considerable length of time? Will she remind us again about the manifesto commitment that people who carry knives could “expect” to face a prison sentence, which implies a non-mandatory sentence and that seems to me to be exactly what is set out in the legislation?