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Lords private members' bills

4 March 2019

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The House of Lords debated two private members' bills on Friday 1 March covering  attacks on service animals and anonymity of arrested persons.

A private member's bill is a type of public bill (that affects the public). Private members' bills must go through the same set of procedures as other public bills. 

Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill (Second Reading)

A bill to provide increased protection to service animals through an amendment to the Animal Welfare Act 2006. This change would allow a court, in certain circumstances, to disregard a defendant's claim that they were protecting themselves and were justified in using physical force against a service animal, causing it, effectively, necessary suffering.

Committee stage, the first chance for line-by-line scrutiny, is yet to be scheduled.

Find out more about the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill

Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill (Second Reading)

A bill to prohibit the publication of certain information regarding persons who have been arrested until they have been charged with an offence and to set out the circumstances where such information can be published without committing an offence.

Committee stage, the first chance for line-by-line scrutiny, is yet to be scheduled.

Find out more about the Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill 

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