This Library briefing paper explains the types of coronavirus restrictions and requirements imposed by the UK's lockdown laws.
The Historical Institutional Abuse (Northern Ireland) Bill 2019-20 would provide the basis for a scheme to compensate victims of historical institutional abuse. It would also establish a commissioner, to advocate for victims and facilitate the co-ordination of services.
The Bill was introduced in the House of Lords, completing its stages there swiftly. Second reading in the Lords took place on 28 October, with the Bill’s remaining stages completed on 31 October. The proposals received cross-party support and passed without amendment.
The House of Lords Library has produced a briefing on the Bill, here.
The Bill’s Explanatory Notes are available here.
The progress of the Bill can be followed here.
A Westminster Hall debate on Online Harms is scheduled for 7 October 2020. The Member leading the debate is Holly Lynch MP.
The Prisoners (Disclosure of Information about Victims) Bill 2019-21 was introduced in the House of Commons on 8 January 2020. It completed all stages in the House of Lords on 8 September 2020 and is due to return to the Commons on 6 October 2020 for consideration of a Lords amendment.