MPs debate stalking laws

21 November 2013

On Thursday 21 November, MPs took part in a debate on a motion relating to implementation of new legislation on stalking. The debate was chosen by the Backbench Business Committee following representations from Mr Elfyn Llywd and Mrs Cheryl Gillan.

Watch the debate and read the transcript

Mr Elfyn Llywd opened the debate. Co-sponsors, Mrs Cheryl Gillian and Sandra Osborne spoke early in the debate.

Text of the motion

The question put and agreed to. Resolved.

That this House notes that 25 November 2013 will mark the first anniversary of the new laws on stalking coming into force; is concerned at the lack of progress made on training of criminal justice professionals in the new laws, particularly in the police and the Crown Prosecution Service; and recognises the impact this is having on the confidence and wellbeing of victims of stalking.

How the subject was selected

The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business Committee following representations by Mr Elfyn Llywd and Mrs Cheryl Gillan for this debate at its public meeting on 05 November.

Backbench Business Committee

The Backbench Business Committee meets weekly on Tuesdays at 3pm to consider requests for debates from any backbench Members of Parliament on any subject, including those raised in e-petitions or national campaigns.

An MP must make a representation before the Committee for an e-petition or petition to be debated; e-petitions exceeding the Government's 100,000 signature threshold are not automatically allocated backbench time.

The Committee then has to decide how to allocate the limited Parliamentary time it has at its disposal. The Committee's meetings are always conducted in public and can be watched on Parliament TV.

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