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Crime and Courts Bill part two

Peers concluded a second day of report-stage scrutiny of the Crime and Courts Bill on 4 December 2012.

The government accepted amendments put forward by crossbencher Lord Pannick that would give security officers at the Supreme Court the same powers as those at other courts.

Lord Pannick, a leading barrister, said this would enable security staff to search people, restrain them and remove them from the court.

The bill establishes a National Crime Agency to take over the work of bodies including the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) and the UK Border Agency in combating organised and complex crime.

The agency will also target 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.

During the first day of report stage in the Lords last week the government suffered a defeat over the future possible transfer of responsibility for counter-terrorism from the Metropolitan Police to the new National Crime Agency.

Under the government's plans, ministers would be able, at some unspecified time in the future, to go ahead with the transfer through order-making powers requiring only limited debate.

But peers agreed by a 21-vote majority to remove the relevant clause from the bill.

To view part one of the debate click here .

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