Prisons in Parliament – 28th SeptemberPosted: September 28, 2015
Legal aid and voting rights: the big debates coming up next month
Parliament is in recess, so this week we bring you a calendar of dates for your political diary.
Thursday 15 October:
- The ninth report from the Justice Committee on Prisons: planning and policies is up for debate. This is the first major inquiry on prisons planning and policies in this Parliament. The impact of the Government’s programme of reforms and efficiency savings across the prison estate will come under scrutiny. Definitely one to watch out for.
- Legal aid is on the agenda. The eighth report from the Justice Committee on the impact of changes to civil legal aid under part 1 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 The impact of spending cuts to the legal aid budget will be discussed.
Friday 30 October:
- Convicted Prisoners Voting Bill. This is the Bill’s second reading. It is a Bill to make provision for rules relating to the exclusion of convicted prisoners from participation in Parliamentary and Local Elections.
The house will next sit on 12 October.