SOUTH Basildon and East Thurrock MP, Stephen Metcalfe rose on the floor of the House of Commons to question the Minister for Justice on parole law.
Mr Metcalfe said: “What assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals on a no body, no parole law”.
Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice: “I pay tribute to my hon. Friend and to Conor McGinn for the incredible energy that has gone into this campaign. There is something peculiarly disgusting about the sadism involved when an individual murders somebody and then refuses to reveal the location of the victim’s body.
There have been delays in framing the right kind of legal response, but I am absolutely confident that we can overcome that. Officials are now bringing forward advice that I hope will achieve, through a different method, exactly what hon. and right hon.
Stephen Metcalfe Conservative, South Basildon and East Thurrock
The introduction of a no body, no parole law, known as Helen’s law, is very important to my constituent Linda Jones, as the location of her daughter Danielle’s body has never been disclosed by her killer. Can my hon. Friend therefore tell the House what impact assessment has been commissioned or carried out to support this introduction?
Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice
“The Department has now proposed two options, which the Secretary of State and I will discuss over the coming days in order to get a solution. We are clear that refusing to reveal the location of a body is an absolutely disgusting practice, and we ought to be able to use legal methods to impose consequences on individuals who refuse to do so.