Report stage and third reading of Protection of Freedoms Bill

12 October 2011

The House of Commons held the second day of the report stage and third reading of the Protection of Freedoms Bill on Tuesday 11 October. The Bill will now be considered by the House of Lords.

Summary of the Bill

The Bill contains a wide range of measures which:

  • brings in a new framework for police retention of fingerprints and DNA data, and requires schools to get parents’ consent before processing children’s biometric information
  • introduces a code of practice for surveillance camera systems and provides for judicial approval of certain surveillance activities by local authorities
  • provides for a code of practice to cover officials’ powers of entry, with these powers being subject to review and repeal
  • outlaws wheel-clamping on private land
  • introduces a new regime for police stops and searches under the Terrorism Act 2000 and reduces the maximum pre-charge detention period under that Act from 28 to 14 days
  • restricts the scope of the 'vetting and barring' scheme for protecting vulnerable groups and makes changes to the system of criminal records checks
  • enables those with convictions for consensual sexual relations between men aged 16 or over (which have since been decriminalised) to apply to have them disregarded
  • extends Freedom of Information rights by requiring datasets to be available in a re-usable format
  • repeals provisions (never brought into force) which would have allowed trial without a jury in complex fraud cases
  • removes time restrictions on when marriage or civil partnership ceremonies may take place.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation on the Protection of Freedoms Bill. Also find out how a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament.

Report stage proceedings and third reading

Monday 10 October: day one

MPs considered in the following order; amendment 89, amendments 1-7, 108, 8-15, 33-38, New Clause 15, amendments 21, 76, 39-54, 77, 55-61, 78 and 62.

Amendment 89, which sought to amend Clause 3 of the Bill which relates to DNA retention was negatived on a division (Ayes 232; Noes 291)

Amendments 1-7 were agreed to without a division.

Amendment 108 was negatived on a division (Ayes 227; Noes 291)

Amendments 8-15 and 33-38 were agreed to without a division.

New Clause 15 was read a first time and negatived on a division (Ayes 230; Noes 201).

Amendments 21, 76, 39-54, 77, 55-61, 78 and 62 were agreed to without a division.

Watch and read the views expressed by MPs considering the Bill at report stage on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard.

Tuesday 11 October: day two

MPs considered in the following order; New Clause 16, amendment 20, New Clauses 12 and 18, amendments 112, 111, 22-25, 63-64, New Clause 13, amendments 16-19, 26-32, 65-70, 79-80, 71-73 and 75.

New Clause 16 which relates to CCTV and crime prevention and detection was read a first time and negatived on a division (Ayes 229; Noes 319).

Amendment 20 was agreed to without a division.

New Clause 12 which relates to tax in connection with transfer schemes was read a first and second time and added to the Bill.

New Clause 18 which relates to information included on an enhanced criminal records certificate was a read a first time and negatived on a division (Ayes 224; Noes 295).

Amendment 112 was withdrawn.

Amendment 111 was negatived on a division (Ayes 221; Noes 290)

Amendments 22-25, 63-64 were agreed to without a division.

New Clause 13 which relates to emergency power for temporary extension and review of extensions was read a first and second time and added to the Bill.

Amendments 16-19, 26-32, 65-70, 79-80, 71-73 and 75 were agreed to without a division.

Watch and read the views expressed by MPs considering the Bill at report stage and third reading on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard. The Bill will now be considered by the House of Lords.

Report stage and third reading

The report stage gives MPs an opportunity, on the floor of the House, to consider further amendments (proposals for change) to a Bill which has been examined in committee.

There is no set time period between the end of committee stage and the start of the report stage.

What happens at report stage?

All MPs may speak and vote, for lengthy or complex Bills the debates may be spread over several days. All MPs can suggest amendments to the Bill or new clauses (parts) they think should be added.

What happens after report stage?

Report stage is usually followed immediately by debate on the Bill's third reading.

What happens at third reading?

Debate on the Bill is usually short, and limited to what is actually in the Bill, rather than, as at second reading, what might have been included.

Amendments (proposals for change) cannot be made to a Bill at third reading in the Commons.

At the end of the debate, the House decides (votes on) whether to approve the third reading of the Bill.

What happens after third reading?

If the Bill started in the Commons it goes to the House of Lords for its first reading.

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