Cyber-bullying Bill On Order Paper Again

by Desk Editor on Thursday, March 19, 2015 — 10:51 AM

Once again MPs could debate the second reading of the Harmful Digital Communications Bill today.

This was scheduled to take place on Tuesday but was superseded by the House going into Urgency to deal with issues around MPs pay rises.

First up after Question Time is the the second reading without debate of the Appropriation (2013/14 Confirmation and Validation) Bill. This will be followd by the committee stage and immediately afterwards the third reading of the Statutes Amendment Bill (No 4).

This Bill covers non-controversial amendments and is usually dealt with quickly, however there was some debate in the last week over a proposed amendment dealing with former MPs travel allowances. This has now been withdrawn due to objections.

MPs will then debate the second reading of the Harmful Digital Communications Bill. The bill’s purpose is to mitigate harm caused to individuals by digital communications (a digital communication includes any text message, writing, photograph, picture, or recording) and to provide victims of harmful digital communications with a means of redress.

This bill is largely based on the Law Commission’s 2012 Ministerial Briefing paper Harmful Digital Communications: The adequacy of the current sanctions and remedies.

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