Protection of Freedoms Bill (Programme) (No. 3)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 6:33 pm on 10th October 2011.

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Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department 6:33 pm, 10th October 2011

I beg to move,

That the Order of 1 March 2011 (Protection of Freedoms Bill (Programme)) be varied as follows—

1. Paragraphs 4 and 5 shall be omitted.

2. Proceedings on consideration and Third Reading shall be concluded in two days.

3. Proceedings on consideration shall be taken on each of those days as shown in the following Table and in the order so shown.

4. Each part of the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the time specified in relation to it in the second column of the Table.

First day
Proceedings Time for conclusion of proceedings
New Clauses and New Schedules relating to, and amendments to, Chapter 1 of Part 1. 8.30 pm
New Clauses and New Schedules relating to, and amendments to, Chapter 2 of Part 3. 10 pm
Second day
Proceedings Time for conclusion of proceedings
New Clauses and New Schedules relating to, and amendments to, Chapter 1 of Part 2. 5.30 pm
New Clauses and New Schedules relating to, and amendments to, Part 5. 7.30 pm
New Clauses and New Schedules relating to, and amendments to, Part 4, Chapter 2 of Part 1, Chapter 2 of Part 2, Chapter 1 of Part 3, and Part 6; remaining New Clauses; remaining New Schedules; amendments to Part 7 and remaining proceedings on consideration. 9 pm

5. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at 10.00 pm on the second day.

The programme motion provides two days for Report and Third Reading, and it follows more than 44 hours of consideration, over 10 days, in Public Bill Committee. During that time, the Committee was able to scrutinise carefully all aspects of the Bill.

In Committee, much of the focus of the debate was on the provisions in respect of the retention of DNA, the further regulation of CCTV, the prohibition on wheel clamping without lawful authority, the changes to counter-terrorism powers and the reform of the vetting and barring scheme and criminal records regime. It is right that those provisions should also be the focus of our deliberations on Report. The programme motion has accordingly been structured to achieve that.

The motion provides for the provisions on the retention of DNA and in respect of parking enforcement to be considered until 10 o’clock this evening. When we resume tomorrow, we will first consider the CCTV clauses, followed by the amendments to the safeguarding and criminal records provisions in part 5. That will allow some time to consider the counter-terrorism and other provisions in the Bill before we move on to Third Reading at 9 o’clock tomorrow evening.