Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill (HL Bill 74)




Raise the age of criminal responsibility; and for connected purposes.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Increase in age of criminal responsibility

In section 50 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 (c. 12)Children and Young Persons Act 1933 (c. 12) (age of
Criminal Responsibility) for “ten” substitute “twelve”.

2 Short title, commencement and extent

(1) 5This Act may be cited as the Age of Criminal Responsibility Act 2013.

(2) This Act shall come into force on such day as the Secretary of State may by
order made by statutory instrument appoint.

(3) This Act extends to England and Wales only.