Second reading of Crime and Security Bill in Commons

19 January 2010

Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, moved the second reading of the Crime and Security Bill in the Hosue of Commons. It was passed by 272 votes to 197, and now goes to Committee for detailed discussion

The Bill contains a range of policing, crime and security measures. Key areas:

  • reduces information requirements for police stops and searches
  • establishes new time limits for the retention of DNA samples, DNA profiles and fingerprints (following a European Court of Human Rights judgement) together with extensions to the circumstances in which such samples can be collected
  • introduces a new Domestic Violence Protection Notice, by which a senior police officer could require a suspected perpetrator to stop molesting a victim and to leave the premises, pending application to court for the Bill’s new Domestic Violence Protection Order
  • extends the new injunctions to prevent gang-related violence to under 18s
  • strengthens the legal assumption that a court will make a parenting order when 10-15 year olds are convicted for a breach of an anti-social behaviour order
  • establishes a new licensing requirement for businesses carrying out vehicle immobilisation, in addition to the existing one for individuals
  • introduces a new criminal offence of possessing a mobile telephone in prison
  • introduces a new offence of allowing minors access to air weapons

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