Amendment 95A

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (4th Day) – in the House of Lords at 5:45 pm on 10 January 2022.

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Baroness Meacher:

Moved by Baroness Meacher

95A: Clause 142, page 139, line 1, leave out “and (3)” and insert “to (3A)”

Photo of Baroness Meacher Baroness Meacher Crossbench

My Lords, I hope the House will forgive me if I say a few words in response to the Minister on Amendment 95A. The fact is that Amendments 95A and 95B would require the Government not only to lay the results of a full pilot before Parliament but to enable Parliament to decide whether SVROs should be rolled out across the country. We know that there is no evidence to suggest the wholesale expansion or extension of stop and search where there is no immediate evidence of potential wrongdoing in the situation. Therefore, all we are asking is that Parliament should be satisfied from the pilot that there is evidence that SVROs will reduce severe violence and protect communities—which we want to happen—and that that can be done without disproportionate detriment, particularly to black communities and to very vulnerable women but also to people in general.

We are asking for the pilot to be presented to Parliament and for Parliament to approve that SVROs should be rolled out. Because the Minister was unable to suggest that there should be any such democratic decision-making on this issue, I would like to test the opinion of the House on both Amendments 95A and 95B —but the vote will be on Amendment 95A, with Amendment 95B as the consequential amendment.

Ayes 215, Noes 177.

Division number 2 Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Report (4th Day) — Amendment 95A

Aye: 215 Members of the House of Lords

No: 177 Members of the House of Lords

Aye: A-Z by last name

No: A-Z by last name

Amendment 95A agreed.

Amendment 95A agreed.

Photo of Lord McNicol of West Kilbride Lord McNicol of West Kilbride Deputy Chairman of Committees 6:12, 10 January 2022

Amendments 95B and 95C are consequential and will therefore be taken en bloc.