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Release On Conditions

Volume 972: debated on Thursday 25 October 1979

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I beg to move amendment No. 5, in page 2, line 27 at end insert—

'(5) In this section and sections 2 to 4 of this Act, references to an accused and to appearance at a diet shall include references respectively to an appellant and to appearance at the court on the day fixed for the hearing of an appeal.'

With this we are to take Government amendments Nos. 7 and 24.

The amendments are essentially drafting amendments and introduce no new question of principle into the legislation. Their purpose is to ensure that in clause 1, as well as in clauses 2 to 4, a reference to an accused should also include a reference to an appellant. Clearly that is a sensible drafting amendment.

Amendment agreed to.