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Clause 6 - Consecutive terms

Offender Rehabilitation Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:15 pm on 28th November 2013.

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Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice 5:15 pm, 28th November 2013

I beg to move amendment 10, in clause 6, page 5, line 41, leave out ‘264A’ and insert ‘264B’.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Conservative, Mid Bedfordshire

With this it will be convenient to discuss Government amendments 11 to 14.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

This group of amendments are minor and technical amendments linked to clause 6. I am grateful to the hon. Member for Hammersmith for indicating that he does not regard them as controversial, but I will set out briefly what they will do.

Clause 6 is about consecutive sentences, in particular how to calculate supervision periods when an offender is subject to more than one type of custodial sentence at a time. As it stands, the clause will amend the Criminal Justice Act 2003 to add new section 264A. We have subsequently spotted that there used to be a section 264A of the 2003 Act, which has since been repealed. It is not good practice to insert new sections into an Act that have the same number as a repealed provision, as there is a risk of the repealed provision being confused with the new one. Amendments 10, 11, 12 and 14 will therefore renumber the proposed new section as section 264B.

Amendment 13 picks up on missed consequential amendments that flow from clause 6 to two sections of the 2003 Act: section 249, which governs the length of a licence period; and section 250, which governs the conditions imposed under licence.

None of the amendments will make substantive changes to the Bill. As I have set out, they are minor and technical changes to avoid confusion and to add in a couple of missed consequential amendments.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendments made: 11, in clause 6, page 6, line 13, leave out ‘After that section’ and insert

‘Before section 265 (and the italic heading before it)’.

Amendment 12, in clause 6, page 6, line 14, leave out ‘264A’ and insert ‘264B’.

Amendment 13, in clause 6, page 6, line 31, at end insert—

‘( ) In section 249(3) (duration of licence)—

(a) for “sections” substitute “section”, and

(b) for “and 264(3)” substitute “and sections 264(3C)(a) and 264B”.

( ) In section 250 (licence conditions), omit subsection (7).’.—(Jeremy Wright.)

Clause 6, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 7 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 8 ordered to stand part of the Bill.