Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:34 am on 20th October 2017.

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Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Labour, Rhondda 9:34 am, 20th October 2017

My hon. Friend is absolutely right; I agree with every word. Indeed, I am going to say it again myself later.

My Bill does three things. First, it introduces a new offence of common assault or battery against an emergency worker in the performance of their duties. As I am sure hon. Members know, there are similar offences on the statute book: common assault contrary to section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1998; and assault on a police constable, a prison officer or an immigration officer in execution of his duty under section 89(1) of the Police Act 1996, section 8 of the Prison Act 1952, and section 22 of the UK Borders Act 2007. There will be a test afterwards.