Friday, October 19, 2007

Tories demand speedy passage for crime bill

The Conservative government introduced its omnibus law-and-order legislation today, demanding that it receive speedy passage through the parliamentary process.

The Tackling Violent Crime Act contains three of the five bills that didn't pass in the last session of Parliament.

They include a bill to impose mandatory minimum penalties for firearms crimes, a bill increasing the age of sexual consent to 16 from 14, and a bill that would place the onus of those accused of firearms offences to prove why they should receive bail.

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