§ The Minister of State, Home Office (Mrs. Angela Rumbold)
I beg to move amendment No. 18, in page 19, line 42 leave out 'person' and insert 'short-term or long-term prisoner'.
This is a technical amendment to correct an error in the Bill. It would leave out "person" and insert "short-term or long-term prisoner". As the Bill is drafted, the clause would apply to all prisoners released on licence, which it cannot do. It can apply only to those serving determinate sentences—not to life sentence prisoners who have indeterminate sentences. Therefore, it makes no sense to talk of the three-quarters point for those people. The amendment corrects the anomaly by ensuring that clause 27(3) applies only to short-term and long-term prisoners.
§ Amendment agreed to.