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The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021-22 was introduced to the House on 9 March 2021. Second Reading took place on 15 and 16 March 2021. A carry-over motion for the Bill was passed on 16 March 2021, enabling it to continue its progress in the 2021-22 parliamentary session. The Bill was considered by a Public Bill Committee over 20 sessions between 18 May – 24 June 2021. The Committee took evidence from expert witnesses for the first four sittings.

Full policy background to the Bill as introduced is available on the Library website: see Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2019-21: Background.

Committee stage

The only changes to the Bill agreed by the Committee were the following minor/ technical Government amendments, which were agreed without division:

  • Amendments 64 to 67 to clause 53 on prisoner custody officers to correct legislative cross-references.
  • Amendment 132 to clause 109 regarding the mechanism to change Parole Board decisions where there has been an error.
  • Transitional provisions regarding driving disqualifications (amendment 68).
  • Amendments to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 to clarify the disclosure period for certain orders made on conviction.

The Opposition unsuccessfully pushed divisions on whether Parts 3 and 4 (policing of protests/unauthorised encampments) and Part 7 (minimum sentences, release from prison and a power to refer offenders to the Parole Board) should stand part. They tabled a number of amendments to various other parts of the Bill and a collection of new clauses concerning violence against women and girls.


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