Sunday, 20 May, 2001, 16:57 GMT
Net protection policies
New police powers to take action against suspected paedophiles who use internet chatrooms.
Paedophile protection orders would be used to prevent named individuals who have been found, for example, to have lied about their age or sex making any further approaches.
A breach of the order would be a criminal offence carrying a maximum five year jail sentence.
Government backing for "child safety software" to be installed in all personal computers aimed at family market.
A "family friendly" kitemark symbol awarded to Internet providers who back the government's stance.
Shadow home secretary Ann Widdecombe accused Labour of a "dereliction of duty" for rejecting Conservative proposals to change the law.
"If the evidence is there to show that a paedophile is attempting to lure a child in this way, he should face the penalty of the law immediately. No second chance."
Proposal for new offence of child "enticement" which would enable charges to be brought whether or not there was an assault.
Court powers to place sex offenders under supervision for life.
The Lib Dems say Labour's plans should have come "months ago".
They say the real problem is "shortage of police".
Paul Burstow MP said: "It shouldn't have taken the heat of an election campaign to do the right
He claimed there was "little effective co-ordination between forces", with many having only part-time computer crime units.
Lib Dems would consult on introducing indefinite sentences for the most serious sex offenders, so that they would only be released following a court assessment of the risk they posed to society.
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