The Protection of Freedoms Bill is currently working its way through parliament and has reached the penultimate stage before it comes to fruition. The bill is multi-faceted and includes provision to reform both the Barring Scheme and the Criminal Records Regime.
Before the Report Stage could commence, a Marshalled List was published, which grouped together the subjects put forward in the bill, enabling a more efficient examination of the Bill to take place and to allow Members of the Lords to give each element sufficient consideration.
If the Bill is to be amended at this Report Stage it will need to be reprinted in its entirety. Once this has taken place it will be read and debated in the House of Lords for the final time before moving back to the House of Commons where MPs will be free to consider any amendments the Lords have made.
Once the Bill has been passed by both the House of Lords and House of Commons, the Bill will then receive Royal Assent and will come into being sometime in May.