Data Protection Bill: Commons consideration of Lords amendments

15 May 2018

MPs debated an amendment made by the House of Lords to the Data Protection Bill on Tuesday 15 May 2018.

Consideration of Lords amendments

House of Commons voted 301 to 289 to disagree with Lords Amendment 62B to the Data Protection Bill, which relates to personal data for the purposes of journalism (Division 157). The Commons proposed new Amendments and the Bill now returns to the Lords for further consideration.

The Data Protection Bill 2017-19

Summary of the Bill

The European Union’s data protection framework is changing from May 2018:

  • the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply from 25 May 2018
  • the Police and Criminal Justice Directive (the “Law Enforcement Directive” or LED) has to be transposed into law by 6 May 2018

The Bill has a number of purposes:

  • it sets out how the UK would apply the derogations available under the GDPR
  • it would bring the LED into UK law
  • it would update the laws governing the processing of personal data by the intelligence services
  • it aims to ensure that the UK would be able to freely exchange data with the European Union post-Brexit
  • it would repeal the Data Protection Act 1998.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Data Protection Bill and find out how a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament.

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.

The Library has published a briefing paper for the Second Reading.

Data Protection Bill: previous Commons stages

Report stage and Third Reading (Remaining stages)

Both the Report stage and Third Reading of the Data Protection Bill took place in the Commons on Wednesday 9 May 2018. 

The House divided a number of times over this Bill:

  • New Clauses 4, the House divided 309 - 283 against the New Clause (Division 153)
  • Amendment 15, the House divided 310 - 282 against the Amendment (Division 154)
  • Amendment 5, the House divided 310 - 282 against the Amendment (Division 155)
  • New Clause 18, the House divided 304 - 295 against the New Clause (Division 152)

You can read any of the Amendments proposed to this Bill using the Bill Amendments page.

The Bill passed its Third Reading without a division in the House of Commons.

Public Bill Committee

The Data Protection Bill Committee considered the Bill from 13 March to 22 March 2017. The Public Bill Committee then reported the Bill to the House with amendments.

Find out more about the Public Bill Committee:

Second Reading

The Second Reading debate took place on 5 March 2018. The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Matt Hancock, opened the debate on behalf of the Government. Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Tom Watson, responded on behalf of the opposition.

The Bill passed Second Reading without a division.

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