Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Protection of Freedoms Bill - No. 2 - Public Reading Stage

The government has set up a PUBLIC READING STAGE for the Protection of Freedoms Bill.  It is possible for anyone to comment about every clause of the Bill.  This is a very welcome development.

In the Political Reform section of the Coalition’s Programme for Government it was said that there would be a new "public reading stage" for bills to give the public an opportunity to comment on proposed legislation online.
The normal parliamentary convention is that there should be at least two weekends between the initial publication of the Bill and the first proper debate in Parliament. As such, the deadline for comments is 7th March 2011.  Comments submitted to the website are subject to a Moderation Policy (explained on  the website).

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