Lords debates Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill
15 September 2021
Members of the Lords debated the main principles and purpose of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill during second reading, on Tuesday 14 September.
The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill aims to make wide-ranging changes across the criminal justice system in areas including police powers, judicial procedures and offender rehabilitation.
Debate on the draft law
Members discussed the main issues in the bill during the second reading debate. including:
- police powers
- extraction of information from mobile phones
- domestic homicide sentencing
- prison sentences for mothers
- assaults on emergency and retial workers.
Some members also raised their concern about the size of the bill and the extensive use of delegated powers.
Many members who took part have held high public office in areas relating to policing and justice, including former supreme court justices, three former Lord Chief Justices of England and Wales and a former Home Secretary, a former Lord Chancellor and a former Chief Inspector of Prisons.
Members speaking included:
- Lord Falconer of Thoroton (Labour), former Lord Chancellor
- Lord Garnier (Conservative), QC and director of the Prison Reform Trust
- Lord Judge (Crossbench), former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales
- Lord Paddick (Liberal Democrat), former Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.
Baroness Williams of Trafford (Conservative), Home Office Minister, responded on behalf of the government.
Watch and read the debate
Explore further information
Read House of Lords committee reports on the bill:
Read background on the bill in the House of Lords Library briefing.
Committee stage, the first chance for line by line examination of the bill, is yet to be scheduled.
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