On 28th March 2023, the House of Lords debated Commons Amendments to the Public Order Bill. A vote was held on further amendments, in which bishops took part:
The Bishop of Derby, the Bishop of Durham, the Bishop of Leeds, and the Bishop of Manchester took part in a vote an amendment tabled by Lord Coaker, seeking to impose conditions on suspicion-less stop and search powers given to police:
“Lord Coaker moved amendment A1, as an amendment to Motion A, at end to insert “and do propose Amendments 6H and 6J in lieu—
6H_ Clause 11, page 13, line 30, at end insert—
“(7A) Officers exercising the powers conferred by subsection (6) must give to the subject of a search—
(a) their name,
(b) their badge or shoulder number, and
(c) any details of the stop the officer considers relevant.”
6J_ Clause 11, page 13, line 37, at end insert—
“(9A) Within one year of the passage of this Act, all police forces must establish a charter on the use of the powers in this section, setting out how, when and why they will be used.
(9B) The charter must—
(a) be drawn up in consultation with local communities,
(b) be evaluated independently, and
(c) explain how Body Worn Video footage will be used.
(9C) Each police force must produce an annual report on the use of the powers over the year, broken down by location.
(9D) Within one month of the powers in this section being used, the authorising officer must publish a statement giving reasons.””
The amendment was agreed. Content: 246 / Not Content 201
The Bishop of Derby, the Bishop of Durham, the Bishop of Leeds, and the Bishop of Manchester voted Content.
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