Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (11th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:15 pm on 24th November 2021.

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Photo of Baroness Chakrabarti Baroness Chakrabarti Labour 4:15 pm, 24th November 2021

My Lords, I do not want to elongate this procedural debate before a lengthy debate that we are debating the length of, but the protest provisions in this Bill have been some of the most contentious—and not just in your Lordships’ House but in the country. They are not the final provisions or the final part of this Bill, even, yet they have been saved for the latter stages of this Committee, and the later hours of this last day will include this raft of new and even more contentious amendments. That is the reason for this suspicion and the concern that your Lordships’ House has not been shown the appropriate respect of a second Chamber in a democracy, when dealing with provisions that are, arguably, contrary to the human rights convention, and are certainly thought to be very contentious and illiberal by many communities in this country.