Crime

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on crime. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
15.01.2016The Psychoactive Substances Bill 2015-16: Report on Committee Stage
This briefing paper is produced prior to the Report Stage of the Psychoactive Substances Bill 2015-16.
07.01.2016Extreme pornography
It is an offence to possess extreme pornographic images. This category of material includes images realistically depicting rape or other non-consensual penetrative sexual activity, sometimes referred to as 'rape pornography'.
07.12.2015Constituency Casework: Identity Theft
This briefing paper provides information to assist Members of Parliament and their staff in dealing with enquiries from constituents on identity theft and identity fraud. It includes sources of advice on: the signs that identity theft may have occurred, the steps to take in the event of identity theft/fraud, and how to reduce the risk of identity theft.
01.12.2015Riot (Compensation) Bill
The riots in London and other cities in 2011 raised serious issues about insurance liability and compensation. This Bill is the response.
27.11.2015Riot (Damages) Bill
This Commons Library briefing paper has been archived.
25.11.2015Retention of fingerprints and DNA data
This note sets out the current law in England and Wales on the retention of fingerprints and DNA data by the police under the regime introduced by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. It also outlines the background to the changes made by the Act.
19.11.2015Draft Investigatory Powers Bill
The Draft Investigatory Powers Bill, published in November 2015, seeks to update and consolidate the legal framework governing the interception of communications and the acquisition of communications data by intelligence and law enforcement agencies
16.11.2015Social Indicators 2015
This Research Paper summarises a wide range of social statistics. Subjects covered include agriculture, crime, defence, education, elections, environment and energy, health, housing, local government, population and migration, social security and transport.
12.11.2015Drug use, seizures and offending: Social Indicators page
A summary of statistics on drug use, drug seizures and drug offences.
12.11.2015Crime: Social Indicators page
Crime: Social Indicators page. By Cassie Barton. SN/SG/2617.

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
13.11.2014Modern Slavery Bill (HL Bill 51 of 2014-15)
This Library Note provides information on the Modern Slavery Bill, which is due for second reading in the House of Lords on 17 November 2014.
03.07.2014Deregulation Bill (HL Bill 33 of 2014-15)
The Deregulation Bill is a wide-ranging bill that is intended to remove or reduce regulatory burdens on businesses, civil society, individuals, public sector bodies and the taxpayer across a number of policy areas including: general and specific areas of business, companies and insolvency, the use of land, housing, transport, communications, the environment, education and training, entertainment, public authorities and the administration of justice.
25.06.2014Criminal Justice and Courts Bill (HL Bill 30 of 2014-15)
The Criminal Justice and Courts Bill contains a range of proposals across four areas: criminal justice; young offenders; courts and tribunals; and judicial review. This Library Note summarises the key debates that took place on the Bill at report stage and third reading in the House of Commons, highlighting amendments made to the Bill, and refers to some of the other issues raised by MPs.
25.11.2013Debate on 28 November: Policing
This Library Note provides background reading for the debate to be held on Thursday, 28 November 2013 to 'take note of public trust in the police and its role in effective policing, and the system for investigating complaints into police conduct'.
25.10.2013Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill (HL Bill 52 of 2013-14)
Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill (HL Bill 52 of 2013-14)
14.10.2013Debate on 17 October: Drugs Policy
This Library Note provides background reading for the debate to be held on 17 October on drugs policy.

POSTnotes

DateDescription
16.12.2015Policing Domestic Abuse
Domestic abuse refers to a range of behaviours - psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional - that are directed towards partners, ex-partners or family members. This POSTnote examines the prevalence and nature of domestic abuse and the policing response. It examines how the policing response could be informed by research about the effectiveness of current and alternative approaches, and the possible benefits for victims, their families and offenders.
22.10.2015Unintentional Bias in Court
When asked to interpret information and draw conclusions, people are prone to a number of well understood, unintentional errors in reasoning called cognitive biases. This POSTnote examines how cognitive biases affect reasoning and decision-making, and outlines strategies to minimise their influence in court.
30.09.2015Forensic Language Analysis
This note examines forensic language analysis, the scientific validity of procedures and their applications, and explores the issues surrounding their use.
24.09.2015Trends in Crime and Criminal Justice
This POSTnote describes crime patterns, and highlights issues with crime measurement and data. It also identifies key developments in the criminal justice system.
09.03.2015The darknet and online anonymity
A very small proportion of websites use sophisticated anonymity systems, which allow their operators to conceal their identity if they wish to. This part of the web is commonly referred to as the darknet. The darknet helps citizens to protect their security and privacy and to circumvent censorship. It also facilitate organised crime, such as the billion dollar drug market known as Silk Road. This POSTnote discusses the challenge of preventing such crimes without compromising the other uses of anonymity technologies.
08.08.2014Alternative Currencies
This POSTnote outlines the different types and aims of these currencies. It also sets out how alternative currencies are being used and highlights regulatory and policy challenges regarding consumer protection, financial crime and taxation and benefits.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
31.10.2011Government response to the seventh report of the Science and Technology Select Committee on the Forensic...
Government response. Science and Technology Select Committee report [Commons]
05.07.2011Draft sentencing guidelines: drugs and burglary.
Justice Select Committee report [Commons]
22.06.2011Forensic Science Service.
Science and Technology Select Committee report [Commons]
08.03.2011The National DNA Database.
Government response. Home Affairs Select Committee; Home Office report [Commons]
18.01.2011Money laundering: data protection for suspicious activity reports.
European Union Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
11.01.2012DISTRACTION BURGLARIES
That this House notes the rise of so-called distraction burglaries on vulnerable elderly people; expresses condemnation on those who would carry out these attacks; calls on the police ...
02.11.2011THEFT OF METALS FROM WAR MEMORIALS AND PLACES OF WORSHIP
That this House notes with concern the recent spate of reports of metal thefts from war memorials and places of worship; denounces recent thefts such as the four foot bronze statue ...
15.09.2011MOBILE TELEPHONE THEFTS
That this House notes that customers are liable for the cost of telephone calls incurred on their mobile telephones after they are stolen and before the theft is noticed and reported; ...
05.09.2011SCRAP METAL THEFT
That this House notes with concern the increasing prevalence of scrap metal theft; denounces the recent desecration of the Civilian War Memorial in Portsmouth's Kingston Cemetery and ...
14.07.2011DRIVING WHEN TIRED
That this House notes that driving after little sleep, or failing to take regular breaks duringlong drives, is lethal, with one in five fatal crashes on motorways and other monotonous ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses