This Library briefing paper explains the types of coronavirus restrictions and requirements imposed by the UK's lockdown laws.
The Library will produce a briefing or material for the second reading debate and this page will be updated when it is made available.
The second reading paper may be updated as the Bill goes through Parliament; alternatively additional papers will be added to this page to reflect the Bill’s progress.
- The Queen’s Speech and Queen’s Speech Government background briefing
- Strengthening police powers to tackle unauthorised encampments [Home Office consultation]
- Policing in the UK [Commons Library Briefing]
- Introduction to police powers [Commons Library Briefing]
- Tresspass to land [Commons Library Briefing]
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In addition to writing and updating published papers as bills go through Parliament, the House of Commons Library can assist Members of Parliament and their staff with individual enquiries about bills, particularly on the policy background.
The Public Bill Office (PBO) supports public bill committees. The staff working in the PBO can advise Members of Parliament on tabling amendments to bills and on the drafting of Private Members’ Bills.
This Library briefing paper discusses the enforcement of coronavirus restrictions regulations in England and Wales. It explains who has powers to enforce the restrictions and what those powers are. It also summarises statistics on the number of Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs- fines) issued by police for coronavirus offences.
The Police, Crime, Courts and Sentencing Bill [Bill 268 2019-21] (the Bill) is a Government Bill introduced to Parliament on 9 March 2021. The Bill’s Second Reading is scheduled for 15 and 16 March. This landing page provides an overview of the Bill. It also provides links for further Library briefings on specific aspects of the Bill.