Amendments proposed to the Criminal Justice Bill, As Amended - continued House of Commons

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Mr Graham Allen


Page     87,     line     31     [Clause     152],     at end insert 'which shall include as Deputy Chairman the Secretary of State for the Home Department, or a person whom he nominates in his stead, and the chairman of the appropriate committee of the House of Commons, or a person whom he nominates in his stead, who, together with the Lord Chief Justice, shall comprise the Executive Committee of the Council.'.


Mr Graham Allen


Page     87,     line     31     [Clause     152],     at end insert—

    '(1A)   From the date when this section of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 comes into force, the Sentencing Guidelines Council shall determine all guidelines for sentencing and neither the Secretary of State nor the Lord Chief Justice may publish sentencing guidelines without the consent of the Sentencing Guidelines Council.'.


Mr Graham Allen


Page     87,     line     34     [Clause     152],     at end insert 'and the chairman of the appropriate committee of the House of Commons.'.


Mr Graham Allen


Page     87,     line     35     [Clause     152],     leave out subsection (4) and insert—

    '(4)   The other members of the Council shall include at least one of each of the following—

      (a) a Lord Chief Justice of Appeal,

      (b) a judge of the High Court,

      (c) a Circuit judge,

      (d) a District judge,

      (e) a District judge (Magistrates' Courts),

      (f) a lay justice,

      (g) a Police Officer who is a member of the Joint Central Committee of the Police Federation of England and Wales,

      (h) a Probation Officer,

      (i) a Prison Governor,

      (j) a representative of a victims' organisation,

      (k) a representative of the business community,

      (l) a teachers' representative,

      (m) a representative of ex-offenders' institutions,

      (n) a representative of local government or a crime and disorder partnership,

      (o) a legal qualified legal professional, alternately a barrister and solicitor,

      (p) a social services representative, and three lay members of the public, one of whom shall be over the age of 60 and one of whom shall be under 18.'.


Mr Secretary Blunkett


Page     87,     line     41     [Clause     152],     leave out subsections (5) to (8) and insert—

    '(4A)    The judicial members must include a Circuit judge, a District Judge (Magistrates' Courts) and a lay justice.

    (4B)   A person is eligible for appointment as a non-judicial member if he appears to the Secretary of State to have experience in one or more of the following areas—

      (a) policing,

      (b) criminal prosecution,

      (c) criminal defence,

      (d) the promotion of the welfare of victims of crime, and

      (e) sentencing policy and the administration of sentences.

    (4C)   The persons eligible for appointment as non-judicial members include civil servants appearing to the Secretary of State to have the required experience.

    (4D)   The non-judicial members must include at least one person appearing to the Secretary of State to have experience in each area.

    (4E)   The Lord Chief Justice must appoint one of the judicial members or non-judicial members to be deputy chairman of the Council.

    (4F)   In relation to any meeting of the Council from which the Lord Chief Justice is to be absent, he may nominate any person eligible for appointment as a judicial member to act as a member on his behalf at the meeting.

    (4G)   In this section and section (Sentencing Guidelines Council: supplementary provisions) "lay justice" means a justice of the peace who is not a District Judge (Magistrates' Courts).'

As Amendments to Mr Secretary Blunkett's proposed Amendment (No. 198) (Page 87, line 41 [Clause 152]):


Mr Douglas Hogg


Line     1,     after 'include', insert 'a judge of the High Court,'.


Mr Douglas Hogg


Line     14,     after 'person', insert '(but in respect of the non-judicial member appointed pursuant to paragraph (d) of section (4B) above not more than one)'.


Mr Graham Allen


Page     87,     line     41     [Clause     152],     leave out subsection (5).


Mr Secretary Blunkett


Page     88,     line     21     [Clause     153],     after 'remuneration' insert 'or expenses'.


Mr Graham Allen


Page     88,     line     31     [Clause     154],     at end insert—

    '(1A)   The Sentencing Guidelines Council shall issue a list of Standard Band sentences for offences in particular categories requested by the Home Secretary or Lord Chief Justice, which shall be available to the public in the Annual Report of the Council and in whatever other formats are agreed by the Council.

    (1B)   The Standard Band sentence shall be applied in the context of guidelines issued by the Council and with full judicial discretion which, where exercised, shall be explained in writing.'.


Mr Graham Allen


Page     88,     line     32     [Clause     154],     leave out from 'State' to '(a)' in line 33 and insert ', Lord Chancellor or the chairman of the appropriate committee of the House of Commons must first propose to the Sentencing Advisory Panel that it prepares a report and recommendation prior to any consideration by the Council of any proposal—'.


Mr Graham Allen


Page     89,     line     11     [Clause     154],     leave out 'and'.


Mr Graham Allen


Page     89,     line     13     [Clause     154],     at end insert 'and—

      (f) the purposes of sentencing set out in section 127 of this Act.'.


Mr Graham Allen


Page     89,     line     28     [Clause     154],     at end insert—

      '(ia) the appropriate committee of the House of Commons,'.


Mr Graham Allen


Page     89,     line     31     [Clause     154],     at end insert—

    '(8A)   When all appropriate consultations have been made, the judicial element of the Council will retire and deliberate over the preparation or revision of sentencing guidelines or allocation guidelines.'.


Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr Mark Francois


Page     89,     line     33,     [Clause     154],     leave out 'as definitive guidelines.'.


Mr Graham Allen


Page     89,     line     33     [Clause     154],     after 'appropriate', insert 'and if the Lord Chief Justice so consents,'.


Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr Mark Francois


Page     89,     line     33,     [Clause     154],     at end insert—

    '(10)   The guidelines shall be laid before each House of Parliament and examined by the appropriate committee of the House, which shall report thereon if it thinks fit.

    (11)   The guidelines shall come into force only after approval by both Houses of Parliament.'.


Mr Graham Allen


Page     89,     line     37     [Clause     155],     at end insert 'and receive a report and recommendation before consideration begins.'.


Mr Graham Allen


Page     90,     line     8     [Clause     155],     at end insert—

    '(5)   In carrying out its functions the Panel shall have regard to the purposes of sentencing set out in section 127 of this Act.'.


Mr Graham Allen


Page     90,     line     10     [Clause     156],     after '(1)', insert 'Judges shall have discretion in the determination of all sentences. However,'.


Mr Secretary Blunkett


Page     90,     line     23     [Clause     157],     leave out 'the Council is first constituted' and insert 'section 152 comes into force'.


Mr Secretary Blunkett


Page     90,     line     24     [Clause     157],     leave out 'the Council is first constituted' and insert 'that section comes into force'.


Mr Graham Allen


Page     90,     line     27     [Clause     157],     at end add 'and produce a version, in ordinary language, available to the public, free, upon request.'.


Mr Secretary Blunkett


Page     91,     line     26     [Clause     158],     after 'law' insert '(provision relating to sentencing for such an offence being made by section (Duty to give reasons))'.


Mr Secretary Blunkett


Page     91,     line     27     [Clause     158],     after 'imposed' insert 'under section 51A(2) of the Firearms Act 1968 (c.27) or'.


Mr Secretary Blunkett


Page     205,     line     20     [Schedule     7],     leave out '(2)' and insert '(2)(b)'.


Mr Secretary Blunkett


Page     207,     line     43     [Schedule     8],     leave out sub-paragraph (3) and insert—

    '(3) The following provisions are omitted—

            (a)   subsection (7) of section 183 (activity requirement),

            (b)   subsection (7) of section 184 (programme requirement),

            (c)   subsection (4) of section 188 (residence requirement), and

            (d)   subsection (3) of section 197 (electronic monitoring requirement).'.

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