SCHEDULE 16E+WHatred on the grounds of sexual orientation

16(1)Section 29L (procedure and punishment) is amended as follows.E+W

(2)In subsections (1) and (2), omit “in England and Wales”.

(3)In subsection (3), in paragraph (b), for “six months” substitute “ 12 months ”.

(4)After that subsection insert—

(4)In subsection (3)(b) the reference to 12 months shall be read as a reference to 6 months in relation to an offence committed before the commencement of section 154(1) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003.