I want to speak briefly, because Liam Kerr mentioned me in his remarks. For the record, I did not say that the offence would be regarded as punitive; I said that it could be regarded as overly punitive, because the individual circumstances would not be taken into account. There was a wee bit of a play on words there, which I think the
Official Report will show.
Of course the breach of an electronic monitor needs to be taken seriously and dealt with robustly—nobody in the chamber would disagree. However, we need to get the balance and the measure right—that is why the provisions of the bill are the right way to deal with the issue, and we should not play simple politics with it.