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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 28 March 2017

 

Public Bill Committee

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

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Amendments tabled since the last publication: NC14

 

Prisons and Courts Bill


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments tabled to date and includes any

 

withdrawn amendments at the end. The amendments have been arranged in

 

accordance with the Resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee.

 

 


 

Resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee

 

The Programming Sub-Committee appointed by the Speaker in respect of the Bill

 

agreed the following Resolution at its meeting on Monday 27 March (Standing Order

 

83C):

 

That—

 

(1)  

the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.25am on Tuesday 28

 

March) meet—

 

(a)  

at 2.00pm on Tuesday 28 March;

 

(b)  

at 9.25am and 2.00pm on Wednesday 29 March;

 

(c)  

at 4.30pm and 7.30pm on Tuesday 18 April;

 

(d)  

at 11.30am and 2.00pm on Thursday 20 April;

 

(e)  

at 9.25am and 2.00pm on Tuesday 25 April;

 

(f)  

at 11.30am and 2.00pm on Thursday 27 April;

 

(2)  

the Committee shall hear oral evidence on Tuesday 28 March in accordance

 

with the following Table:


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 28 March 2017                  

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Prisons and Courts Bill, continued

 
 

TABLE

 

Time

Witness

 
 

Until no later than 11.00am

Prison Officers Association; Her Majesty’s

 
  

Inspectorate of Prisons; Prisons & Probation

 
  

Ombudsman; Royal Society for the

 
  

Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and

 
  

Commerce

 
 

Until no later than 3.15pm

Legal Aid Practitioners Association;

 
  

Professor Richard Susskind OBE; The Law

 
  

Society; Women’s Aid; Transform Justice

 
 

Until no later than 4.30pm

Association of British Insurers; Association

 
  

of Personal Injury Lawyers; Aviva

 
 

(3)  

proceedings on consideration of the Bill in Committee shall be taken in the

 

following order: Clauses 1 to 4; Schedule 1; Clauses 5 to 21; Schedule 2;

 

Clauses 22 to 30; Schedule 3; Clauses 31 and 32; Schedule 4; Clause 33;

 

Schedule 5; Clause 34; Schedule 6; Clauses 35 and 36; Schedule 7; Clause

 

37; Schedule 8; Clauses 38 to 44; Schedule 9; Clauses 45 to 49; Schedule 10;

 

Clause 50; Schedule 11; Clause 51; Schedule 12; Clauses 52 to 54; Schedule

 

13; Clause 55; Schedule 14; Clause 56; Schedule 15; Clauses 57 to 72; new

 

Clauses; new Schedules; remaining proceedings on the Bill;

 

(4)  

the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a

 

conclusion at 5.00pm on Thursday 27 April.

 

Sir Oliver Heald has given notice of his intention to move a motion in the terms of the

 

Resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee [Standing Order No. 83C].

 


 

Sir Oliver Heald

 

That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the

 

Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.

 


 

Sir Oliver Heald

 

That, at this and any subsequent meeting at which oral evidence is to be heard, the

 

Committee shall sit in private until the witnesses are admitted.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 28 March 2017                  

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Prisons and Courts Bill, continued

 
 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

9

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  10,  leave out “aim” and insert “adopt procedures and

 

practices designed”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment strengthens “aims to” in Clause 1.

 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

10

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  14,  after “safe” insert “, decent, fair”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the purposes of prisons to include decency and fairness.

 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

11

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  14,  at end insert “for prisoners and prison staff”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the purposes of prisons to include prison staff.

 

Conor McGinn

 

1

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

“(da)    

maintain an environment where it is safe for prisoners to practise their

 

faith.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment guarantees the rights of prisoners to practise their faith in prison.

 

Michael Tomlinson

 

Kate Green

 

3

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

“(da)    

ensure family and other supportive relationships are maintained and

 

developed.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment includes maintenance of family relationships in the purpose of prisons.

 

Liz Saville Roberts

 

4

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

“(e)    

provide for the wellbeing and healthcare of offenders, including

 

treatment for drug and alcohol misuse and assuring access to continued

 

relevant support upon release.

 

(f)    

liaise with the Probation and other relevant services to ensure

 

coordinated rehabilitation of offenders.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures that it is within the purpose of a prison to ensure offenders receive the

 

appropriate physical and mental healthcare, as well as necessary rehabilitative support upon

 

release.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 28 March 2017                  

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Prisons and Courts Bill, continued

 
 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

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Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

“(da)    

maintain and promote physical and mental health of prisoners.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the purposes of prisons to include the wellbeing of prisoners.

 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

13

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

“1A    

Cooperation with agencies

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State has a duty to co-operate with other agencies and bodies

 

whose functions are relevant to the purpose outlined in section (A1).

 

(2)    

For the purposes of subsection (1), agencies and bodies must include—

 

(a)    

local authorities,

 

(b)    

the National Probation Service,

 

(c)    

Community Rehabilitation Companies, and

 

(d)    

any agency which provides to offenders the following—

 

(i)    

housing,

 

(ii)    

education,

 

(iii)    

employment,

 

(iv)    

health care,

 

(v)    

treatment for addiction,

 

(vi)    

mentoring for offenders, or

 

(vii)    

support to families of offenders.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the Secretary of State to co-operate with other agencies to fulfil the

 

purpose of prisons.

 

Conor McGinn

 

2

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

“(3)    

The Secretary of State must ensure a prison chaplain is present in every

 

establishment.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the Secretary of State to provide a prison chaplain in every

 

establishment.

 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

14

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

“(2A)    

The Secretary of State must by regulation set minimum standards required to

 

achieve the purpose as detailed in section (A1).


 
 

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Prisons and Courts Bill, continued

 
 

( )    

Minimum standards in subsection (3) set under these regulations must in

 

particular include, but shall not be restricted to, the following—

 

(a)    

overcrowding of prison cells,

 

(b)    

prison staff to prisoner ratio,

 

(c)    

access to appropriate and education,

 

(d)    

access to health care,

 

(e)    

access to time in open air,

 

(f)    

weekly time spent in locations other than cells, and

 

(g)    

Equality Act 2010 requirements.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the Secretary of State to set minimum standards to achieve the purposes

 

of prisons.

 

Liz Saville Roberts

 

5

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  12,  at end insert “and

 

(b)    

steps taken in relation to meeting health targets specified by the Secretary

 

of State on—

 

(i)    

blood borne viruses, and

 

(ii)    

substance abuse,

 

    

including the provision of testing and treatment for hepatitis C.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures that the Secretary of State’s annual report on prisons includes targets on

 

blood borne viruses and substance abuse and analysis of whether they are being met.

 


 

Liz Saville Roberts

 

6

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  18,  leave out “a” and insert “an independent”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures the person appointed as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons has the

 

necessary independence from Government and associated bodies.

 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

15

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

Before Her Majesty makes an appointment under this section, the Chair of the

 

Justice Committee of the House of Commons shall recommend for Her Majesty’s

 

consideration an appropriate person who in its view could satisfactorily carry out

 

the functions of the Chief Inspector by moving a name on the floor of the House.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment provides that the Justice Select Committee should make a recommendation on the

 

appointment of the Chief Inspector of Prisons.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 28 March 2017                  

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Prisons and Courts Bill, continued

 
 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

16

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  30,  leave out “The provisions in this Act about” and insert

 

“The operation of”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the work of HMIP to be compliant with OPCAT.

 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

17

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  31,  leave out “are in accordance” and insert “must comply”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the work of HMIP to be compliant with OPCAT.

 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

18

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  2,  page  4,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

In preparing a section 5A(2) report, the Chief Inspector must also consider the

 

effectiveness of practices and procedures in the prison in relation to the protection

 

of the rights of prisoners.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the Chief Inspector to report on the rights of prisoners.

 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

19

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  2,  page  4,  line  22,  leave out “90 days” and insert “60 days”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires a response from the Secretary of State within a set timeframe when a

 

HMIP report makes recommendations.

 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

20

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  2,  page  4,  line  23,  at end insert—

 

“(5A)    

The response must set out the actions that the Secretary of State has taken, or

 

proposes to take, in response to the concerns described in the report.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires the response from the Secretary of State to set out actions.

 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

21

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  2,  page  5,  line  2,  leave out “28 days” and insert “14 days”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires a response from the Secretary of State within a set timeframe when a

 

HMIP report giving rise to significant concerns makes recommendations.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 28 March 2017                  

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Prisons and Courts Bill, continued

 
 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

22

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  2,  page  5,  line  12,  after “prison” insert “at any time”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment enables the Inspectorate to enter prisons at any time.

 

Liz Saville Roberts

 

7

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  2,  page  5,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

“(2A)    

The Chief Inspector may require any person to provide information on—

 

(a)    

the adequacy of staffing levels,

 

(b)    

the nature of education and literacy programmes, and

 

(c)    

the effectiveness of rehabilitation programmes and re-conviction rates.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment ensures the Chief Inspector has the necessary powers to obtain information

 

relating to staffing levels, education programmes, rehabilitation programmes and re-conviction

 

rates.

 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

23

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  2,  page  7,  line  29,  at end insert—

 

“(8)    

Before this section comes into force the Secretary of State must prepare and

 

publish a report describing progress made towards the implementation of

 

recommendations of the Chair of the Parole Board concerning the treatment of

 

prisoners serving sentences of imprisonment for public protection and detention

 

for public protection and must lay a copy of the report before Parliament.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment enables issues relating to IPPs to be debated within the long title.

 


 

Stuart C. McDonald

 

30

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  4,  page  9,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

“(d)    

Investigating cases where a person is detained in immigration detention facilities

 

for longer than 28 days.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment includes as a function of the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman to investigate

 

where a person has been held in immigration detention for more than 28 days.

 

Liz Saville Roberts

 

8

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  4,  page  9,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

“(f)    

investigating—

 

(i)    

attempted suicides,

 

(ii)    

the number and nature of assaults on staff or prisoners, and

 

(iii)    

the adequacy of staffing levels to prevent such behaviour;


 
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