Schedule 7 - Information: restrictions on disclosure

Crime and Courts Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee am 10:45 am ar 29 Ionawr 2013.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Question proposed, That the schedule be the Seventh schedule to the Bill.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

In part 5 of schedule 7, in relation to disclosure, the Bill states:

“It is a defence for a person charged with an offence under this paragraph to prove that the person reasonably believed…that the disclosure was lawful”.

Does that mean that ignorance of the law is a valid legal defence under the Bill in relation to disclosure?

Photo of Jeremy Browne Jeremy Browne The Minister of State, Home Department

I cannot believe that that would be the case. It seems highly unlikely. I am sure that the right hon. Gentleman can be confident that the Bill has been drafted to be consistent with precedent. I hope that reassures him.

Question put and agreed to.

Schedule 7 accordingly agreed to.