|Politicians at G20 in 2009|
The Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses - Louise Casey - has pointed out that families who have lost loved ones under terrible circumstances are facing costs of £37,000 on average as they struggle to pick up the pieces - see Ministry of Justice 11th May 2011.
Some time ago, Law and Lawyers
took an initial look at the Fixed Term Parliaments Bill. In the House of Lords, a very significant amendment to the Bill was secured. Clause 1 of the Bill now reads:
the Representation of the People Act 1983 and is subject to section 2.
this Act is to be 7 May 2015.
Parliament in question, the polling day for a subsequent parliamentary general
election is to be the first Thursday in May in the fifth calendar year following
that in which the polling day for the previous parliamentary general election
The effect of the new Clause 1(3) is that the fixed 5 year term will only apply to the present Parliament. After the next General Election it would be necessary for the new Parliament to pass a resolution before it could also have a fixed 5 year term. The Third Reading is in the Lords is today - 24th May. The Bill will then return to The Commons for consideration of Lords amendments. It remains to be seen whether Claus 1(3) survives this process.
Other Bills - what is happening?
The Public Bodies Bill has gone through the Lords and is now in the Commons. This related to what was termed "Bonfire of the Quangos" and which, as originally drafted, handed extensive Henry VIII powers to Ministers. See A Breathtaking Bill of which even Henry VIII would have been proud - and also the second post on the Bill. The European Union Bill - (see Law and Lawyers) - has passed through the Commons and is at Committee Stage in the Lords.
The Protection of Freedoms Bill - which Law and Lawyers looked at extensively - is still in The Commons with the date of Report Stage to be announced. Law and Lawyers - Protection of Freedoms Bill - No. 1 ... No.2 ... No. 3 ... No. 4 ... No. 5 ... No. 6 ... No. 7 and No. 8
A Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Bill has been introduced. See Law and Lawyers 26th January.