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Vagrancy (Repeal)

Bill Presented – in the House of Commons on 18th March 2020.

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Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Layla Moran, supported by Tracey Crouch, Caroline Lucas, Tonia Antoniazzi, Liz Saville Roberts, Jamie Stone and Tim Farron, presented a Bill to repeal the Vagrancy Act 1824.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 12 June, and to be printed (Bill 118).

Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Labour, Rhondda

On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Several Bills were just presented, but the one Bill that has not yet been presented is the one that the Government have talked about extensively, which is the emergency legislation on coronavirus. It is said that the Bill will be published tomorrow and we will deal with it on Monday. I hope that there will be a process whereby it is possible to table amendments before Second Reading, which is not the normal convention but is possible for emergency legislation. If the Government seriously intend this legislation to last for two years, I hope we will be able to table amendments to suggest that that could only be done with a review by Parliament on a regular basis.

Photo of Lindsay Hoyle Lindsay Hoyle Speaker of the House of Commons, Chair, Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, Chair, Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

That is on the Order Paper, and I am sure there will be time to table amendments. The message will have been taken on board that that should be made available.