HC Deb 20 February 1997 vol 290 c750W
Ms Janet Anderson

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his proposed timetable for implementing the provisions contained in the Protection from Harassment Bill. [16441]

Mr. Maclean

The exact timetable will depend on the progress of the Bill through Parliament. I expect that there will be a short period between Royal Assent and implementation of the provisions of the Bill in England and Wales to allow for the preparation of the courts, police and other relevant agencies. It is, however, the Government's intention to implement the provisions of this Bill as speedily as possible.