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Domestic Abuse Bill

– in a Public Bill Committee on 31st October 2019.

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[Mr David Hanson in the Chair]

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Labour, Delyn 11:30 am, 31st October 2019

Because of the impending general election, Committee proceedings have changed today.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

I beg to move,

That the Committee do not proceed further with the consideration of the Bill.

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hanson, albeit briefly. Following the decision of the House to hold a general election, it is only right that a Public Bill Committee in the new Parliament should scrutinise the Bill thoroughly. The motion before the Committee therefore removes the sittings up to Dissolution. The witnesses who were due to give evidence today have, of course, been notified.

This vital piece of legislation has the potential to help 2 million victims of domestic abuse in this country. I want to reassure victims, survivors and all who work with them that the Government will continue with this legislation in the next Parliament. I thank the Clerks for their assiduous work, and I thank the Badge Messengers, Hansard and the Bill team. I thank colleagues—even in one day, they showed their attention to detail with our witnesses—and I thank the witnesses who gave evidence. I thank my fellow Minister, my hon. Friend the Member for Aldridge-Brownhills, as well as the shadow Minister, the Opposition Whip and my own Whip—I have learned that lesson. Finally, I thank you, Mr Hanson, and Sir David for chairing our Committee, albeit briefly.

Photo of Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities)

On behalf of the Opposition, I, too, extend thanks to the Clerks, the Chairmen, the Committee staff and Committee members for their attendance. This is a really important Bill. It is only right that we make this decision, but we look forward to returning to the Bill straight after the general election.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

I do apologise; I must also thank my wonderful officials, who have worked so hard. I thank them very much indeed.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Labour, Delyn

I add that the Scrutiny Unit has also done a good job in preparing a range of detailed information. None of the work that has been done in preparation for this Bill will be lost, because, as the Minister said, it will be revisited. We will see which Members are on a Committee in due course. I wish everybody every success for the future.

Question put and agreed to.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Labour, Delyn

The Committee must now agree a special report to be made to the House.

Ordered,

That the Committee agree the Special Report as on the paper before the Committee and that the Chair do report the Bill to the House.

Bill accordingly to be reported, without amendment.

Committee rose.

Written evidence reported to the House

DAB10 Children’s Commissioner

DAB11 Changing Lives

DAB12 SafeLives

DAB13 Nagalro (the Professional Association for Children’s Guardians, Family Court Advisers and Independent Social Workers)

DAB14 Brian Maloney

DAB15 The Magistrates Association

DAB16 Andrew Todd

DAB17 Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk

DAB18 Parity

DAB19 Centre for Women’s Justice

DAB20 Refuge