Clause 98

Part of Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 6:45 pm ar 27 Tachwedd 2007.

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Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Crime Reduction) 6:45, 27 Tachwedd 2007

The hon. and learned Gentleman makes a point, but I say again that if he reads the whole of clause 98 and other parts of the Bill, as I know that he has, he will see that the penalty will match the severity of the offence. As clause 98 makes it clear:

“If a person fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with any prohibition restriction or condition contained in...a violent offender order, or...an interim violent offender order...the person commits an offence”,

one would expect some of the provisions, prohibitions, restrictions or conditions that are breached to be more serious than the examples given by the hon. and learned Gentleman. I remind the Committee that other civil orders have that level of punishment if they are breached. As we know, the breach of the order is the criminal offence.

In reply to the hon. Member for Somerton and Frome, VOOs are applicable only in England and Wales. People would have to come to England and Wales to comply with the notification requirements.