Protection of Freedoms Bill

AMENDMENTS
TO BE MOVED
ON REPORT
[Supplementary to the Revised Marshalled List]

Clause 40

LORD MARLESFORD

 

Page 33, line 33, at end insert—

“(5) The safeguards set out in subsections (3) and (4) above shall not apply in any case where the authority exercising the power of entry is—

(a) a Trading Standards Officer acting under any legislation which permits the Officer to exercise such a power; or

(b) doing so in pursuance of the protection of a child or a vulnerable adult.”

Before Clause 64

BARONESS ROYALL OF BLAISDON

[In substitution for Amendment 54J]

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Protection from stalking

(1) The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 is amended as follows.

(2) In section 2 (offence of harassment), for subsection (2) substitute—

“(2) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary or indictable conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years, or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum.”

(3) For section 4 (putting people in fear of violence) substitute—

“4 Offence of stalking

(1) A person (“A”) commits an offence, to be known as the offence of stalking, where A stalks another person (“B”).

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), A stalks B where—

(a) A engages in a course of conduct,

(b) subsection (3) or (4) applies, and

(c) A’s course of conduct causes B to suffer fear, alarm, distress or anxiety.

(3) This subsection applies where A engages in the course of conduct with the intention of causing B to suffer fear, alarm, distress or anxiety.

(4) This subsection applies where A knows, or ought in all circumstances to have known, that engaging in the course of conduct would be likely to cause B to suffer fear, alarm, distress or anxiety.

(5) It is a defence for a person charged with an offence under this section to show that the course of conduct—

(a) was authorised by virtue of any enactment or rule of law,

(b) was engaged in for the purpose of preventing or detecting crime, or

(c) was, in the particular circumstances, reasonable.

(6) In this section—

“conduct” means (inter alia)—

(a) following B or any other person,

(b) contacting, or attempting to contact, B or any other person by any means,

(c) publishing any statement or other material—

(i) relating or purporting to relate to B or to any other person,

(ii) purporting to originate from B or from any other person,

(d) monitoring the use by B or by any other person of the internet, email or any other form of electronic or other communication, or making improper use of public electronic communications networks or leaving messages of a menacing character,

(e) entering any premises,

(f) loitering in any place (whether public or private),

(g) interfering with any property in the possession of B or of any other person,

(h) giving anything to B or to any other person or leaving anything where it may be found by, given to or brought to the attention of B or any other person—

(i) watching or spying on B or any other person,

(ii) acting in any other way that a reasonable person would expect would cause B to suffer fear or alarm, and

“course of conduct” involves conduct on at least two occasions.

(7) For the purposes of this section, a person misuses an electronic communications network or electronic communications service or other social media if—

(a) the effect or likely effect of use of the network or service by A is to cause B, another person, unnecessarily to suffer annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety;

(b) A uses the network or service to engage in conduct the effect or likely effect of which is to cause B, another person, unnecessarily to suffer annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety.

(8) The Secretary of State may by regulation add further forms of conduct to subsection (6)(b) above.

(9) A person convicted of the offence of stalking is liable—

(a) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years, or to a fine, or to both,

(b) on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months, or to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum, or to both.

(10) Subsection (9) applies where, in the trial of a person (“the accused”) charged with the offence of stalking, the jury or, in summary proceedings, the court—

(a) is not satisfied that the accused committed the offence, but

(b) is satisfied that the accused committed an offence under section 38(1).

(11) The jury or, as the case may be, the court may acquit the accused of the charge and, instead, find the accused guilty of an offence under section 38(1).””

BARONESS ROYALL OF BLAISDON

[In substitution for Amendment 54L]

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Regulation on protection from stalking

(1) The Secretary of State shall by regulation introduce any measures which are designed to—

(a) prevent and treat stalking behaviour; or

(b) support victims of stalking and stalking behaviour.

(2) Regulations made under subsection (1) are subject to affirmative resolution by each House of Parliament.”

Clause 64

BARONESS ROYALL OF BLAISDON

[In substitution for Amendment 54K]

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Regulation on protection from stalking

(1) The Secretary of State shall by regulation introduce any measures which are designed to—

(a) prevent and treat stalking behaviour; or

(b) support victims of stalking and stalking behaviour.

(2) Regulations made under subsection (1) shall provide for, inter alia—

(a) mandatory training for criminal justice staff;

(b) risk assessments for victims;

(c) psychiatric assessments for perpetrators;

(d) A Victims’ Advocacy Scheme;

(e) treatment programmes for perpetrators;

(f) a review of sentencing guidelines; and

any other matters relevant to the protection of stalking and harassment.

(3) Regulations made under subsection (1) are subject to affirmative resolution by each House of Parliament.”

Clause 102

BARONESS O’NEILL OF BENGARVE

 

Page 88, line 35, at end insert “which may set conditions on republication or communication of the data to third parties”

After Clause 104

LORD BERKELEY

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Public Authorities

(1) The Freedom of Information Act 2000 is amended as follows.

(2) In Part VI (Other public bodies and offices: general) of Schedule 1 (Public authorities), after “The Consumer Panel established under section 16 of the Communications Act 2003” insert “The Corporation of Trinity House”.”

Prepared 2nd February 2012