HC Deb 06 February 1996 vol 271 cc113-4W
Mr. David Porter

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish a list of all the measures approved by Parliament since 1979 on law and order, prison sentences, illegal drugs use and terrorism which were opposed(a) on Second or Third Reading, (b) in Committee and (c) on Report by Her Majesty's Opposition. [13120]

Mr. Howard

The list of measures which the Opposition have voted against on Second Reading includes:

  • 1984 Police and Criminal Evidence Act, which strengthened police powers to stop and search suspects;
  • 1986 Public Order Act, which gave the police more powers to deal with street disorder;
  • 1988 Criminal Justice Act, which raised the maximum sentences for a number of serious crimes and gave the Attorney-General a right of appeal against over lenient sentences;
  • 1991 Criminal Justice Act, which made parents more responsible for their children's actions and ensured that all prisoners serve at least half of their sentence in custody;
  • Asylum and Immigration Appeals Act 1993, which introduced new measures to deal with bogus asylum seekers; and
  • annual renewal of the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act every year since 1983.

A full list of all the measures approved by Parliament since 1979 on law and order at Second and Third Reading, in Committee or on Report by Her Majesty's Opposition is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

details of votes cast in parliamentary Divisions are a matter of public record, published in the Official Report.