Lord examines Offensive Weapons Bill

A kitchen knife. The bill aims to update laws around delivery of knives.
13 February 2019

The Offensive Weapons Bill concluded its committee stage, the first chance for line-by-line scrutiny, in the Lords on Tuesday 12 February.

The committee stage of this bill took place in Grand Committee, a room outside the Lords chamber. In Grand Committee, any member can take part and decisions on amendments can be made, but no votes can take place.

Members proposed amendments (changes) on subjects including miniature rifles, manufacture of ammunition and the requirement to produce a report on the causes behind youth violence with offensive weapons.

The bill completed its committee stage in the Lords without further debate.

Report stage, a further chance to examine the bill and make changes, is scheduled for 26 February.

Explanatory Statement

New in the Lords, the list of suggested changes for debate include short statements (‘explanatory statements’) from members briefly setting out the effect of their proposed changes.

Explanatory statements are voluntary, maximum 50 words and allowed for committee stage (line by line check), report stage (further check and change) and third reading (chance to ‘tidy up’) of the Offensive Weapons Bill.

Lords committee stage day three: Wednesday 6 February

Members discussed the offence of threatening with offensive weapons in a public place, knife crime prevention orders and increased security measures for certain firearms.

Lords committee stage day two: Wednesday 30 January

Members discussed the sale of bladed articles to persons under 18, the lawful possession of Kirpans and prohibition of certain firearms.

Lords committee stage day one: Monday 28 January

Members discussed the prevention of persons under the age of eighteen from buying corrosive substances, possession of a corrosive substance in a public place and the requirement of the government to report on the number of arrests made under the provisions of the bill.

Lords second reading: Monday 7 January

This is a public bill (a draft law that affects the public). Members discussed a range of issues raised by the bill, including the prohibition of certain firearms, the sale and delivery of corrosive substances and the rise of knife crime.

Baroness Williams of Trafford (Conservative) responded on behalf of the government.

Offensive Weapons Bill

This bill aims to update offenses relating to sale, delivery and possession of and threatening with offensive weapons, including firearms, knives and corrosive substances.

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