Joint Committee on Human Rights Minutes of Evidence


Examination of Witnesses (Questions 120-121)

Thursday 22 May 2003

LORD FALCONER OF THOROTON

Q120  Vera Baird: Around eight to 10.

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: The principles set out as amended by the report stage give the judges, we believe, adequate powers to reflect that. We were not intending by the principle to increase sentencing in that area, nor do I believe we have done.

Q121  Chairman: Minister, thank you very much for appearing before us. There have been parts of today's session which have seemed like a court of law and I have wondered whether I should be wearing robes and suggest that we adjourn.

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: I feel I have allowed myself to get dragged into legal matters!

Chairman: These are legal matters and it is inevitable that some of the language will be used. We thank you very much for the way in which you have dealt with the questions we have posed to you. I declare the meeting closed





 
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