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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 12 July 2018

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill


 

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Withdrawn after debate: moved and debated but then withdrawn, so not put to a decision.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

 

Lucy Frazer

 

Agreed to

 

That—

 

(1)  

the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.25 am on Tuesday 10

 

July) meet—

 

(a)  

at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 10 July;

 

(b)  

at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 12 July;

 

(2)  

the Committee shall hear oral evidence in accordance with the following

 

Table:


 
 

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Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill, continued

 
 

      TABLE

 

Date

Time

Witness

 
 

Tuesday 10 July

Until no later

Gina Martin

 
  

than 10.00 am

  
 

Tuesday 10 July

Until no later

The National Police Chiefs’

 
  

than 10.30 am

Council

 
 

Tuesday 10 July

Until no later

Rt Hon Maria Miller MP

 
  

than 2.30 pm

  
 

Tuesday 10 July

Until no later

Brook

 
  

than 3.00 pm

  
 


 

Lucy Frazer

 

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

 

Lucy Frazer

 

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:

 

Gina Martin, Writer and Campaigner.

 

Assistant Constable Martin Hewitt, Lead for Rape and Sexual Violence, The National Police

 

Chiefs Council.

 

Rt Hon. Mrs Maria Miller MP, Chair, Women and Equalities Committee.

 

Lisa Hallgarten, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Brook.

 



 
 

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Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill, continued

 
 

Third Sitting

 

Mrs Maria Miller

 

Dame Caroline Spelman

 

Wera Hobhouse

 

Jess Phillips

 

Liz Saville Roberts

 

Jim Shannon

Angela Crawley

Mr Andrew Mitchell

Caroline Lucas

Nicky Morgan

Dr Sarah Wollaston

Hannah Bardell

Stella Creasy

Heidi Allen

Michael Fabricant

Mr Peter Bone

Sir Christopher Chope

Jo Swinson

 

Withdrawn after debate  2

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  9,  leave out “, for a purpose mentioned in subsection (3),”

 

Mrs Maria Miller

 

Dame Caroline Spelman

 

Wera Hobhouse

 

Jess Phillips

 

Liz Saville Roberts

 

Jim Shannon

Angela Crawley

Mr Andrew Mitchell

Caroline Lucas

Nicky Morgan

Dr Sarah Wollaston

Hannah Bardell

Stella Creasy

Heidi Allen

Michael Fabricant

Mr Peter Bone

Sir Christopher Chope

Jo Swinson

 

Not called  3

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  1,  leave out paragraph (c)

 

Mrs Maria Miller

 

Dame Caroline Spelman

 

Wera Hobhouse

 

Jess Phillips

 

Liz Saville Roberts

 

Jim Shannon

Angela Crawley

Mr Andrew Mitchell

Caroline Lucas

Nicky Morgan

Dr Sarah Wollaston

Hannah Bardell

Stella Creasy

Heidi Allen

Michael Fabricant

Mr Peter Bone

Sir Christopher Chope

Jo Swinson

 

Not called  1

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  6,  leave out subsection (3) and insert—

 

“(3)    

It is a defence for a person (A) charged with an offence under this section to

 

prove—

 

(a)    

in respect of an offence under subsection (1)—

 

(i)    

that operating the equipment was necessary for the purposes of

 

preventing or detecting crime, or

 

(ii)    

that A did not operate the equipment with the intent of observing

 

another person’s genitals, buttocks or underwear, and

 

(b)    

in respect of an offence under subsection (2)—

 

(i)    

that recording the image was necessary for the purposes of

 

preventing or detecting crime, or

 

(ii)    

that A did not record the image with the intent of recording an

 

image of another person’s genitals, buttocks or underwear.”


 
 

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Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill, continued

 
 

Mrs Maria Miller

 

Dame Caroline Spelman

 

Wera Hobhouse

 

Jess Phillips

 

Liz Saville Roberts

 

Jim Shannon

Angela Crawley

Mr Andrew Mitchell

Caroline Lucas

Nicky Morgan

Dr Sarah Wollaston

Hannah Bardell

Stella Creasy

Heidi Allen

Michael Fabricant

Jo Swinson

 

Withdrawn after debate  4

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

It is an offence for a person (A) to disclose an image of another person (B)

 

recorded during the commission of an offence under subsection (2) if the

 

disclosure is made without B’s consent.

 

(3B)    

It is a defence for a person (A) charged with an offence under subsection (3A) to

 

prove—

 

(a)    

that disclosure of the image was necessary for the purposes of preventing

 

or detecting crime, or

 

(b)    

that A did not disclose the image with the intent of disclosing an image

 

of another person’s genitals, buttocks or underwear.”

 

Stella Creasy

 

Alison McGovern

 

Stephen Doughty

 

Tonia Antoniazzi

 

Ruth Cadbury

 

Helen Hayes

Lucy Powell

Jess Phillips

Dr Rupa Huq

Melanie Onn

Rosie Cooper

Rosie Duffield

Christine Jardine

Thelma Walker

Diana Johnson

Lilian Greenwood

Caroline Lucas

 

Withdrawn after debate  6

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  13,  at end insert—

 

“(4A)    

Where a court is considering for the purposes of sentencing the seriousness of an

 

offence under this section, and either or both of the facts in subsection (4B) are

 

true, the court —

 

(a)    

must treat the fact mentioned in subsection (4B) as an aggravating factor

 

(that is to say, a factor that increases the seriousness of an offence), and

 

(b)    

must state in open court that the offence is so aggravated.

 

(4B)    

The facts referred to in subsection (4A) are—

 

(a)    

if, at the time of committing the offence, or immediately before or after

 

doing so, the offender demonstrates towards the victim of the offence

 

hostility based on the victim having (or being presumed to have) a

 

particular sex characteristic, or

 

(b)    

if the offence is motivated (wholly or partly) by hostility towards persons

 

of who share a particular sex characteristic based on them sharing that

 

characteristic.

 

(4C)    

For the purposes of subsection (4B), “sex characteristic” means the protected

 

characteristic of sex in section 11 of the Equality Act 2010.”


 
 

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Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill, continued

 
 

Sir Christopher Chope

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Not selected  5

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  27,  leave out paragraphs (a) and (b) and insert “the offence

 

was committed by a person who was aged 18 years or more at the time of the offence, for

 

the purposes of obtaining sexual gratification.”

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Clause 2 Agreed to.

 

Stella Creasy

 

Alison McGovern

 

Stephen Doughty

 

Tonia Antoniazzi

 

Ruth Cadbury

 

Helen Hayes

Lucy Powell

Jess Phillips

Dr Rupa Huq

Melanie Onn

Rosie Cooper

Rosie Duffield

Christine Jardine

Thelma Walker

Diana Johnson

Lilian Greenwood

Caroline Lucas

 

Not called  NC1

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Requirement to amend guidance

 

The Director of Public Prosecutions shall ensure, within six months of this Act

 

coming into force, that any guidance issued under section 37A of the Police and

 

Criminal Evidence Act 1984 is amended to ensure such guidance specifies

 

information to be provided to the Director of Public Prosecutions to assist with—

 

(a)    

the prosecution of an offence under this Act, and

 

(b)    

the identification of any aggravating factor to an offence under this Act.”

 

Bill to be reported.

 


 

 

Revised 12 July 2018