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Crime and Courts Bill given second reading by MPs

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MPs have given the Crime and Courts Bill a second reading in the House of Commons.

The legislation was passed without a vote after a debate that lasted over four hours on 14 January 2013.

A key objective of the bill is to establish a National Crime Agency to take over the work of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) and the UK Border Agency in tackling serious and complex crime.

The agency will also seek to tackle sexual abuse and exploitation of children and cyber crime.

The bill is also intended to improve road safety by introducing a new drug-driving offence.

The majority of the bill's provisions apply to the whole of the UK.

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