Clear the Lobby
by Sebastian Salek
 
 

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Hey team.

Two particularly interesting bills hitting the Commons floor this week.

The controversial Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill makes a comeback.

It's a huge piece of legislation, with a suitably high number of amendments. Time is always an issue with this sort of thing, and realistically only a handful will be selected for debate.

To mention a few:

  • Harriet Harman has loads, which include establishing a statutory right to protest and creating a new offence of harassment in a public place.
  • Diana Johnson's amendments include criminalising buying sex and decriminalising offering sexual services.
  • Iain Duncan Smith wants to toughen the law on pet theft.

Elsewhere, MPs will debate abolishing the Fixed-term Parliaments Act.

The law was introduced by the Coalition in 2011 to boost the stability of that government, but it proved to be a pain for Boris Johnson when he wanted to call an election in 2019. And when he did finally manage to trigger one, scrapping fixed terms was in the Conservative manifesto.

Until next week. In the meantime, feel free to tweet me, or just reply to this email.

Sebastian (@sebastiansalek)

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MONDAY 5 JULY

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - report stage and 3rd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland (part), Northern Ireland (part)
A wide-ranging bill that reforms the criminal justice system. Among other things it lets the police issue noise limits for some protests, allows Crown Courts try people for criminal damage of memorials where the value of the damage is less than £5,000, and increases the maximum sentence for assaulting an emergency worker from one year to two.
Draft bill (PDF) / Commons Library briefing

TUESDAY 6 JULY

Fire and Building Safety (Public Enquiry) Bill
Establishes an independent public inquiry into the government’s response to the cladding scandal following the Grenfell Tower disaster. Ten minute rule motion presented by Daisy Cooper.

Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill - 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland
Repeals the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, scrapping five-year Parliaments and returning to the pre-2011 process where Parliament is dissolved by the Queen on the request of the prime minister.
Draft bill (PDF) / Commons Library briefing

WEDNESDAY 7 JULY

Dogs (DNA Databases) Bill
Requires dog owners to register their pet's DNA on a database. Ten minute rule motion presented by Andrew Griffith.

THURSDAY 8 JULY

No votes scheduled

FRIDAY 9 JULY

No votes scheduled

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LAST WEEK'S VOTES

Passed

  • Rating (Coronavirus) and Directors Disqualification (Dissolved Companies) Bill - goes to committee stage
  • Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill - goes to 2nd reading
  • Flexible Working Bill - goes to 2nd reading
  • Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) Bill - goes to the Lords

Click here to read details of the bills in last week's newsletter.

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