HL Deb 01 December 2003 vol 655 c105

3.6 p.m.

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal)

My Lords, I beg to introduce a Bill to amend Part 4 of the Family Law Act 1996 and the Protection from Harassment Act 1997; to make provision about homicide; to make common assault an arrestable offence; to provide for a procedure under which a jury tries only sample counts on an indictment and to make provision in relation to victims of offences, witnesses of offences and others affected by offences. I beg to move that this Bill be now read a first time.

Moved, That the Bill be now read a first time. — (Baroness Scotland of Asthal.)

On Question, Bill read a first time, and ordered to be printed.