Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill — New Clause — Offences Motivated by Hostility Towards the Sex or Gender of the Victim — 28 Feb 2022 at 19:45
The majority of MPs voted not require courts to treat the fact a crime is motivated by hostility towards the sex or gender of the victim as an aggravating factor when sentencing and not to require the police to provide statistics on such crimes.
The motion supported by a majority of MPs in this vote was:
- That this House disagrees with Lords amendment 72.
Amendment 72 stated:
- Insert the following new Clause—
- “Offences motivated by hostility towards the sex or gender of the victim
- (1) In this section— “relevant crime” means a reported crime in which—
- (a) the victim or any other person perceived the alleged offender, at the time of or immediately before or after the offence, to demonstrate hostility or prejudice based on sex, or
- (b) the victim or any other person perceived the crime to be motivated (wholly or partly) by hostility or prejudice towards persons who are of a particular sex;
- “sex” has the same meaning as in section 11 of the Equality Act 2010 (sex).
- (2) The Secretary of State must make regulations requiring the chief officer of police of any police force to provide information relating to—
- (a) the number of relevant crimes reported to the police force, and
- (b) the number of those crimes which, in the opinion of the chief officer of police, would be subject to subsection (4).
- (3) A court considering the seriousness of an offence arising from a relevant crime not included in subsection (4) must treat the fact that the offence is aggravated by hostility or prejudice towards sex or gender as an aggravating factor when determining a sentence.
- (4) Subsection (3) does not apply to—
- (a) an offence under the law of England and Wales which is for the time being specified in Schedule 3 to the Sexual Offences Act 2003, other than the offence specified in paragraph 14 of that Schedule (fraudulent evasion of excise duty), (b) an offence under the law of England and Wales which is for the time being specified in Part 6 of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, or
- (c) an offence under the law of England and Wales which is defined in section 1 of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 as “domestic abuse”.”
-  Parliament's webpage on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, Parliament.uk
-  Explanatory notes to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, Parliament.uk
-  Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, as introduced on 12 May 2021, Parliament.uk
-  Lords amendments to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, 26 January 2022, Parliament.uk
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||303 (+2 tell)||1||0||84.5%|
|Lab||0||165 (+2 tell)||0||83.9%|
|Lucy Allan||Telford||Con (front bench)||no|