Amendment 78B

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (3rd Day) – in the House of Lords at 6:00 pm on 15th December 2021.

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Baroness Chapman of Darlington:

Moved by Baroness Chapman of Darlington

78B: After Clause 102, insert the following new Clause—“Maximum sentence for publishing the identity of a sexual offences complainant (1) Section 5 of the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992 is amended as follows.(2) In subsection (1), leave out “and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale”.(3) After subsection (1), insert the following subsection—“(1A) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable—(a) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or both, or(b) on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding twelve months, or a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or both.””

Photo of Baroness Chapman of Darlington Baroness Chapman of Darlington Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, Opposition Whip (Lords), Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and International Trade) , Shadow Spokesperson (Justice)

I will explain why we want to move this amendment. I am afraid we are unpersuaded by the Government’s response on this issue. There are many victims of this problem today and they could be better protected now. The failure to do so leaves complainants subject to publication without adequate justice, and that is putting people off reporting crime. This is a problem today, and the Minister’s position—the inability to fix it for all complainants—is, frankly, beneath him. I would like to test the opinion of the House on this issue because I think there is sufficient concern about it in many areas that we really need to make some progress on it now. I beg to move.

Ayes 149, Noes 149.

Division number 4 Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (3rd Day) — Amendment 78B

Aye: 149 Members of the House of Lords

No: 149 Members of the House of Lords

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

Amendment 78B disagreed.

Photo of Lord McNicol of West Kilbride Lord McNicol of West Kilbride Deputy Chairman of Committees

My Lords, there being an equality of votes, in accordance with Standing Order 55, I declare the amendment disagreed to.

Amendment 78B disagreed.

Amendments 78C and 78D not moved.