The draft Anti-social Behaviour Bill: pre-legislative scrutiny - Home Affairs Committee Contents

Formal Minutes

Tuesday 12 February 2013

Members present:

Keith Vaz, in the Chair
James Clappison

Michael Ellis

Julian Huppert

Bridget Phillipson

Mark Reckless

David Winnick

Draft Report (The draft anti-social behaviour bill: pre-legislative scrutiny), proposed by the Chair, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 46 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 47 read, as follows:

Young people's sense of identity can be influenced by labels at a formative stage in their lives. ASBOs have been both a stigma and a badge of honour because of their infamy—both can undermine the effectiveness of the intervention. "Naming and shaming" risks perpetuating poor behaviour by making the young person feel separate from a community. Naming and shaming is more likely to be vindictive than effective and should be removed from the bill.

Amendment proposed, in line 3, to leave out from 'intervention' to the end of the paragraph and insert 'However, we are happy to leave the decision not to name a young person to the discretion of the judge, as envisaged by the draft bill.'—(Michael Ellis.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

      Ayes, 4        Noes, 1

      James Clappison      Dr Julian Huppert              Michael Ellis                      Bridget Phillipson                      Mark Reckless

Paragraph, as amended, agreed to.

Paragraphs 48 to 81 read and agreed to.

Summary agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Twelfth Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chair make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That embargoed copies of the Report be made available, in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order No. 134.

Written evidence was ordered to be reported to the House for printing with the Report (in addition to that ordered to be reported for publishing on 15, 22 and 29 January, and 5 February 2013.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 12 February at 3.15 pm

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