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Lords debates Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

15 September 2021

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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. 

Members speaking

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.

Lord Sandhurst (Conservative), barrister and former Deputy High Court Judge, made his maiden speech.

Get involved

Watch and read the debate

Find out more about the issues discussed: catch up on Parliament TV . A transcript of the debate is available in Lords Hansard. 

Explore further information

Read House of Lords committee reports on the bill:

Read background on the bill in the House of Lords Library briefing.

Next steps

Committee stage, the first chance for line by line examination of the bill, is yet to be scheduled. 

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