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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 4 June 2020

 

Public Bill Committee

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

Parliamentary Star - whiteAmendments which will comply with the required notice period at their next appearance

 

Amendments tabled since the last publication: 30 to 53 and NC15 and NC32

 

Domestic Abuse 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withdrawn amendments at the end.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 Tuesday 2 June (Standing Order No.

 

83C):

 

That—

 

(1)  

the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 11.30 am on Thursday

 

4 June) meet—

 

(a)  

at 2.00 pm on Thursday 4 June; 

 

(b)  

at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 9 June;

 

(c)  

at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Wednesday 10 June;

 

(d)  

at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 11 June;

 

(e)  

at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 16 June;

 

(f)  

at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Wednesday 17 June;

 

(2)  

the Committee shall hear oral evidence in accordance with the following

 

Table:


 
 

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TABLE

 

Date

Time

Witness

 
 

Thursday 4 June

Until no later than

Nicole Jacobs, Designate

 
  

12.30 pm

Domestic Abuse

 
   

Commissioner

 
 

Thursday 4 June

Until no later than

Southall Black Sisters

 
  

1.00 pm

  
 

Thursday 4 June

Until no later than

Latin American Women’s

 
  

2.15 pm

Rights Service

 
 

Thursday 4 June

Until no later than

Somiya Basar; Saliha Rashid

 
  

2.45 pm

  
 

Thursday 4 June

Until no later than

Women’s Aid Federation of

 
  

3.15 pm

England;

 
   

End Violence Against

 
   

Women Coalition

 
 

Thursday 4 June

Until no later than

Refuge; SafeLives

 
  

3.45 pm

  
 

Thursday 4 June

Until no later than

Hestia; Gisela Valle, Step Up

 
  

4.15 pm

Migrant Women UK

 
 

Thursday 4 June

Until no later than

Dame Vera Baird QC,

 
  

4.30 pm

Commissioner for Victims

 
   

and Witnesses

 
 

Thursday 4 June

Until no later than

Local Government

 
  

5.00 pm

Association;

 
   

Welsh Women’s Aid

 
 

(3)  

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

 

following order: Clauses 1 to 37; Schedule 1; Clauses 38 to 62; Schedule 2;

 

Clauses 63 to 73; new Clauses; new Schedules; remaining proceedings on the

 

Bill;

 

(4)  

the proceedings on the Bill shall (so far as not previously concluded) be

 

brought to a conclusion at 5.00 pm on Thursday 25 June.

 

Alex Chalk 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].

 


 

Victoria Atkins

 

Alex Chalk

 

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

 

Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.

 

 



 
 

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Victoria Atkins

 

Alex Chalk

 

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.

 


 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

1

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  14,  leave out paragraph (d)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would remove economic abuse from the definition of domestic abuse.

 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

Damian Collins

 

7

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  15,  after “abuse”, insert “(see subsection (4A))”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would provide the ability to further define specific abuse.

 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

2

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  1,  leave out subsection (4)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential upon Amendment 1.

 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

Damian Collins

 

5

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  1,  after “effect”, insert “without permission, consent,

 

necessity or any other good reason”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The aim of this amendment would be to specify that economic abuse has to be deliberate and

 

unreasonable not just the withholding of money, for example, with lawful authority or good reason

 

– e.g. someone caring for someone or the partner of a gambling addict who gives consent etc.

 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

Damian Collins

 

6

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  3,  leave out “acquire, use or maintain money or other

 

property” and insert “maintain their own money or personal property”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The aim of this amendment would be to specify that economic abuse must involve the person’s own

 

money and not the lawful property of someone else.


 
 

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Domestic Abuse Bill, continued

 
 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

Damian Collins

 

8

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

“(4A)    

“Psychological, emotional or other abuse” includes but is not limited to—

 

(a)    

Parental Alienation, or

 

(b)    

False allegations of domestic abuse by A against B, or

 

(c)    

A deliberately preventing B having contact with their child or children

 

for no good reason.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment gives specific examples of domestic abuse – parental alienation, false allegations

 

of domestic abuse and the prevention of contact with a parent for no good reason.

 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

Damian Collins

 

9

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

“(4B)    

“Parental Alienation” is defined as a child’s resistance or hostility towards parent

 

B which is not justified and is the result of psychological manipulation by parent

 

A.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment defines parental alienation.

 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

Damian Collins

 

10

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  5,  leave out subsection (5)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment removes the potential creation of two victims of a single act of abuse.

 

Jess Phillips

 

50

 

Parliamentary Star    

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

 

“(5A)    

For the purposes of this Act, people affected by domestic abuse may include any

 

child (such as a child in relation to whom A or B has a parental relationship) who

 

sees, hears or is otherwise exposed to domestic abuse within the meaning of this

 

section.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

An amendment so children are recognised within the statutory definition of domestic abuse.

 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

Damian Collins

 

11

 

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  8,  leave out subsection (6)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential upon Amendment 10.

 



 
 

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Domestic Abuse Bill, continued

 
 

Jess Phillips

 

48

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  21,  at end insert “one person is a provider of care to the

 

other,”

 

Liz Saville Roberts

 

29

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

“(h)    

they live, or at the time of the abuse lived, in the same household.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that victims living with an abuser in the same household, for

 

example as a flat share, are considered to be ‘personally connected’.

 

Jess Phillips

 

49

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  34,  at end insert—

 

““provider of care” means any person (“A”) who provides ongoing

 

emotional, psychological or physical support to another person (“B”)

 

with the aim of enabling B to live independently, whether or not A is paid

 

for this support;”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

An amendment to ensure a carer of a person with disabilities is included in the definition of

 

‘personally connected’.

 


 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

15

 

Clause  6,  page  4,  line  3,  after “the”, insert “objective”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment aims to ensure there is no bias and that pre-conceived notions do not form part

 

of the identification of domestic abuse process.

 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

16

 

Clause  6,  page  4,  line  8,  after “abuse”, insert “; (e) a gender-neutral approach to

 

domestic abuse”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would recognise explicitly that domestic violence affects everyone regardless of

 

their sex.

 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

17

 

Clause  6,  page  4,  line  23,  at end insert—

 

“(h)    

monitoring the estimated number of actual victims of domestic abuse

 

compared to those prosecuted for such offences according to the sex of


 
 

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the victim and making recommendations to address any differences in

 

outcomes between the sexes;”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would make sure that male and female perpetrators of domestic abuse are

 

prosecuted in similar relative numbers.

 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

18

 

Clause  6,  page  4,  line  23,  at end insert—

 

“(i)    

monitoring the estimated number of actual victims of domestic abuse in

 

same sex relationships by gender.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that those in same sex relationships are separately monitored in line

 

with the genderneutral approach to domestic abuse.

 


 

Peter Kyle

 

Jess Phillips

 

43

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  7,  page  5,  line  7,  leave out “direct” and insert “request”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment changes the Bill so that the Secretary of State may request, rather than direct, the

 

Commissioner to omit material from a report.

 


 

Peter Kyle

 

Jess Phillips

 

44

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  8,  page  5,  line  29,  leave out “direct” and insert “request”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment changes the Bill so that the Secretary of State may request, rather than direct, the

 

Commissioner to omit material from any advice.

 


 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

19

 

Clause  11,  page  6,  line  38,  after “Board”)”, insert “through an open recruitment

 

process”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that members of the Advisory Board are appointed via an open

 

recruitment process.


 
 

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Domestic Abuse Bill, continued

 
 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

23

 

Clause  11,  page  7,  line  7,  after the first “of” insert “each of (a) male and (b)

 

female”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that different people separately representing the interests of male

 

and female victims are appointed to the Advisory Board.

 

Liz Saville Roberts

 

28

 

Clause  11,  page  7,  line  7,  at end insert “in England;

 

(aa)    

at least one person appearing to the Commissioner to represent the

 

interests of victims of domestic abuse in Wales;”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require representation for domestic abuse victims in Wales, ensuring that

 

both the interests of domestic abuse victims in England and Wales are equally addressed.

 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

24

 

Clause  11,  page  7,  line  9,  after “with”, insert “each of (a) male and (b) female”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that different people separately representing the interests of male

 

and female organisations are on the Advisory Board.

 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

20

 

Clause  11,  page  7,  line  11,  leave out paragraph (c)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would remove the necessity for a representative of health care providers to be on

 

the Advisory Board to make space for representatives of both male and female victims/groups.

 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

21

 

Clause  11,  page  7,  line  14,  leave out paragraph (d)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would remove the necessity for a representative of social care providers to be on

 

the Advisory Board to make space for representatives of both male and female victims/groups.

 

Philip Davies

 

Bob Stewart

 

22

 

Clause  11,  page  7,  line  24,  leave out subsection (6)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential upon Amendment 21.

 



 
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