Expansion of availability of live links in criminal proceedings

Prisons and Courts Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:30 pm on 18th April 2017.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

I had understood that it might be the case that the amendments would be dealt with next, but I am more than happy to move straight to the clause if I should.

I think you should.

Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Then I will. I propose to deal with clause 32 and schedule 4 together, as the clause simply gives effect to that schedule. Schedule 4 expands the court’s powers under section 51 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, to make better use of live audio and video links in trials, appeals and other specified hearings in criminal proceedings. At present, section 51 enables a witness, but not the defendant—

Order. May I help the Minister? At the moment we are dealing only with the debate that clause 32 stand part of the Bill; we will come to amendment 104 to schedule 4 next. I hope that is helpful to the Minister.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 32 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Schedule 4