On Monday 23 March the Prime Minister made an address to the nation in which he announced extraordinary measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the UK. This short briefing paper explains the new temporary powers to enforce the instruction to stay at home given by the Prime Minister.…Read more
This briefing examines the available statistics on terrorism since 2001 in Great Britain.…Read more
This research briefing deals with the provisions in the Coronavirus Bill which concern emergency powers and national security. This briefing paper has been updated to reflect changes made to the Bill in the House of Commons.…Read more
Statistics on the number of police recorded firearm offences are published by the ONS in the Crime in England & Wales bulletin. Gun related crime statistics are published by the ONS in the Offences involving the use of weapons: data tables.…Read more
The Coronavirus Bill includes provisions to expand the availability of video and audio link in criminal court proceedings. It also makes it easier to broadcast civil, family and tribunal proceedings by video or audio link. These provisions, as with the rest of the Bill, are temporary.…Read more
A Westminster Hall debate on The Modern Slavery Act 2015 five years on is scheduled for Thursday 19 March 2020 at 1.30pm. The Member leading the debate is Rt Hon Maria Miller MP…Read more
The Sentencing (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Bill [HL] 2019-21 (the “Pre-consolidation Bill”) was introduced in the House of Commons on 4 March 2020 and is due to be considered in Second Reading Committee on 17 March 2020.
This research briefing provides an overview of the powers of police personnel. It discusses which police personnel have powers and the three categories of police powers: powers to investigate and prevent crime and powers to ‘dispose’ of criminal cases.…Read more
This research briefing describes police detention powers and outlines a recent history of their reform. It also describes the police custody estate and current concerns with pre-charge bail.…Read more
This briefing paper explore police service strength data from the Home Office, Scottish Government, and Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). Each country receives individual analysis utilising the available data from each police force area and international comparisons where available. …Read more
This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 4 March 2020 at 9.30am on the security implications of including Huawei in 5G. The debate will be opened by Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP. …Read more
A Westminster Hall debate on Children and Domestic Abuse has been scheduled for Tuesday 3 March 2020 from 4.30-5.30pm. The debate has been initiated by Liz Twist MP.…Read more
This Library Paper looks at Government plans to regulate content on social media.…Read more
The European Arrest Warrant (EAW) is a simplified system for extradition between EU Member States. As a member of the…Read more
The Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Bill 2019-20 was introduced on 11 February 2020. All stages in the House of Commons are due to take place on 12 February 2020. The Bill has been introduced in response to the terrorist attacks on London Bridge in November 2019 and in Streatham in February 2020. The offenders in each of these attacks had been released from prison automatically without the involvement of the Parole Board. The Bill would end the automatic early release of certain terrorist offenders.
This debate pack has been compiled ahead of the Motion to approve the Police Grant Report (England and Wales) 2020/21 on Monday 24 February 2020.…Read more