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Amendments to the Sexual Offences Bill [HL]

Sexual Offences Bill [HL]


AMENDMENT
TO BE MOVED
IN COMMITTEE


 

After Clause 126

 

THE BARONESS NOAKES
THE LORD ASTOR OF HEVER

Insert the following new Clause—
  "Review of Operation of Act
(1)  The Secretary of State shall publish each year a review of the operation of this Act.
(2)  The review shall cover the following matters—
(a)  conviction rates in respect of the offences contained in the Act, including trends in conviction rates;
(b)  practical difficulties encountered in interpreting the offences contained in the Act and their related defences;
(c)  sentencing experience in respect of the offences contained in the Act in comparison with the maximum sentences by the Act;
(d)  any cases where prosecutions have proceeded in circumstances which were not envisaged when the Act was passed.
(3)  A copy of the review shall be laid before both Houses of Parliament."

 
 
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