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Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill 2010-12

Type of Bill:
Private Members' Bill (Ballot Bill)
Anna Soubry

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Latest Bill

House Bill Date
Commons Bill 9 2010-11 (as introduced) | PDF version, 85KB 31.01.2011

Latest news on the Bill

This Bill was withdrawn by the Member on 4 February 2011 and will make no further progress. 

This Bill was presented, through the ballot procedure, to Parliament on 30 June 2010. This is known as first reading and there was no debate on the Bill at this stage.

Summary of the Bill

The Bill would prohibit the publication or broadcast of the name, address or image of a person arrested for an offence if such information would be likely to lead members of the public to identify him or her as the person suspected of committing that offence. These reporting restrictions would remain in force unless and until the arrested person was charged with the offence for which they had been arrested.

The Bill also provides that, in certain circumstances, a Crown Court judge would be able to direct that the reporting restrictions should not apply, for example if publishing the identity of the suspect might lead to new complainants or witnesses coming forward.

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