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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 20 April 2017

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Prisons and Courts Bill


 

[First to Sixth Sittings]


 

Glossary

 

This document shows the fate of each clause, schedule, amendment and new clause.

 

The following terms are used:

 

Agreed to: agreed without a vote.

 

Agreed to on division: agreed following a vote.

 

Negatived: rejected without a vote.

 

Negatived on division: rejected following a vote.

 

Not called: debated in a group of amendments, but not put to a decision.

 

Not moved: not debated or put to a decision.

 

Question proposed: debate underway but not concluded.

 

Withdrawn after debate: moved and debated but then withdrawn, so not put to a decision.

 

Not selected: not chosen for debate by the Chair.

 

 


 

First and Second Sittings

 

Sir Oliver Heald

 

Agreed to

 

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


 
 

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Prisons and Courts Bill, continued

 
 

with the following Table:

 

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

 

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

 

Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.

 

Agreed to

 


 

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.

 

Agreed to

 


 

The following witnesses gave oral evidence:

 

Joe Simpson, Assistant General Secretary, Prison Officers Association; Martin Lomas, Deputy

 

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, HM Inspectorate of Prisons; Nigel Newcomen CBE, Prisons and

 

Probation Ombudsman; Rachel O’Brien, Director of Transitions spaces, Royal Society for the

 

Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)

 

Jenny Beck, Co-Chair, Legal Aid Practitioners Group; Professor Richard Susskind OBE; Richard

 

Miller, Head of Justice, The Law Society; Polly Neate, Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Aid;


 
 

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Prisons and Courts Bill, continued

 
 

Penelope Gibbs, Director, Transform Justice

 

James Dalton, Director of General Insurance Policy, Association of British Insurers; Brett Dixon,

 

Vice President, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers; Rob Townend, UK General Insurance

 

Claims Director, Aviva

 


 

Third and Fourth Sittings

 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Withdrawn after debate  9

 

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

 

practices designed”

 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Negatived on division  10

 

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

 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Not called  11

 

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

 

Conor McGinn

 

Withdrawn after debate  1

 

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

 

“(da)    

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

 

faith.”

 

Michael Tomlinson

 

Kate Green

 

Withdrawn after debate  3

 

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

 

“(da)    

ensure family and other supportive relationships are maintained and

 

developed.”

 

Liz Saville Roberts

 

Hywel Williams

 

Jonathan Edwards

 

Withdrawn after debate  4

 

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.”


 
 

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Prisons and Courts Bill, continued

 
 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Kate Green

 

Negatived on division  12

 

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

 

“(da)    

maintain and promote physical and mental health of prisoners.”

 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Withdrawn after debate  13

 

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.”

 

Conor McGinn

 

Not called  2

 

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

 

“(3)    

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

 

establishment.”

 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Withdrawn after debate  14

 

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).

 

( )    

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,


 
 

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Prisons and Courts Bill, continued

 
 

(f)    

weekly time spent in locations other than cells, and

 

(g)    

Equality Act 2010 requirements.”

 

Liz Saville Roberts

 

Hywel Williams

 

Jonathan Edwards

 

Withdrawn after debate  5

 

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.”

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Liz Saville Roberts

 

Hywel Williams

 

Jonathan Edwards

 

Withdrawn after debate  6

 

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

 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Negatived on division  15

 

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.”

 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Withdrawn after debate  16

 

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

 

“The operation of”

 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Not called  17

 

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

 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Withdrawn after debate  18

 

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


 
 

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Prisons and Courts Bill, continued

 
 

“(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.”

 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Not called  19

 

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

 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Not called  20

 

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.”

 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Not called  21

 

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

 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Withdrawn after debate  22

 

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

 

Liz Saville Roberts

 

Hywel Williams

 

Jonathan Edwards

 

Not called  7

 

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.”

 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Withdrawn after debate  23

 

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.”

 

Clause Agreed to.


 
 

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Prisons and Courts Bill, continued

 
 

Clause 3 Agreed to.

 


 

Stuart C. McDonald

 

Richard Arkless

 

Withdrawn after debate  30

 

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.”

 

Liz Saville Roberts

 

Hywel Williams

 

Jonathan Edwards

 

Not called  8

 

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;

 

(g)    

investigating the content and effectiveness of rehabilitation programmes

 

and liaison arrangements with the probation and other relevant agencies

 

to ensure that such rehabilitation continues after a prisoner’s release from

 

custody.”

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Not called  24

 

Schedule  1,  page  68,  line  5,  at end insert “, with the consent of the Justice

 

Committee of the House of Commons.”

 

Schedule Agreed to.

 

Clauses 5 to 7 Agreed to.

 


 

Richard Burgon

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

Nick Thomas-Symonds

 

Withdrawn after debate  25

 

Clause  8,  page  10,  line  36,  after “recommendations” insert “within 60 days”


 
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