Legislative Scrutiny: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, Part 3 (Public Order) Contents



1 Introduction

Human rights in issue


Government’s policy position

The right to peaceful protest

Lawful interferences with the right to protest

The Human Rights Act

2 Conditions on public processions and assemblies to address noise

Public Order Act

Public processions

Public assemblies

Practical issues

New trigger based on noise

The importance of noise to effective protest

Legitimate aim

Prescribed by law

Pressing social need

One person demonstrations

3 Other changes to the law governing processions and assemblies

Expansion of available conditions on assemblies

Defining ‘serious disruption’ in secondary legislation

Changes to criminal offences of breaching conditions


The need for better data collection

4 Statutory public nuisance offence

The new statutory offence

The Law Commission report

Human rights analysis

Criminalising peaceful protest

Why is the new offence needed?

Accessible and foreseeable

5 Protests in the vicinity of Parliament

Controlled area around Parliament

The JCHR’s previous work

6 Greater recognition of the right to protest in legislation

Recognising the right to protest in statute

‘Balancing’ the rights of protesters and the rights of the public

Annex: Proposed amendments

Conclusions and recommendations

Declaration of interests

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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