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House of lords Process: Crime & Policing Billl

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The Bill is now progressing through its Committee stages and then has a third reading in the the Commons. Afterwards it passes to the Lords, who seem to represent the best chance for an outbreak of common senses. With that in mind I wrote to the House of Lords to enquire what opportunity there was for comment once it reached them, and got the following reply:

The Crime & Policing Bill will be considered by Lords once it arrives from the Commons. We have no dates as to when this will happen or when second reading - debating the general principles of the Bill - will be.

However, the committee stages in the Lords do not operate in the same way as those of the Commons; in this case membership of the committee is unlimited (e.g. open to the whole house) and will take place in the Lords chamber. Therefore in the Lords there is no formal evidence session taken. For more information on this please see our briefing sheet on how bills become law:

Should you wish to submit evidence you may wish to bring this to the attention of a member of the House of Lords. As the committee stage is open to all members a good place to start may be to see who has tabled amendments to the bill once second reading happens.

Similarly you would be able to see who made contributions to the second reading debate once the debate has taken place.

Alternatively you may wish to contact one of the party spokes people on this issue before the Bill arrives in the Lords. A list of party spokes people is available at:

You can contact any member, in writing, at:

House of Lords



You can also send a message using the messaging service on 020 7219 5353, or send a fax on 020 7219 5979. Many peers do not have email addresses but those who have a parliamentary email address are given on their biographies, links to which are available from the membership list:

A further source of information for contact details is Dod's Parliamentary Companion 2009, which you should have in your local library.

I hope this helps.

For an idea of which Lords (& MPs) are taking an interest in the area, by asking PQs, see

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