Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill (HL Bill 105)

A

BILL

TO

Make provision in connection with the ratification by the United Kingdom of
the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence
against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention).

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 The timetable for ratification of the Istanbul Convention

(1) The Secretary of State shall lay a report before each House of Parliament setting
out—

(a) the steps required to be taken to enable the United Kingdom to ratify
5the Istanbul Convention; and

(b) the timescale within which the Secretary of State would expect the
United Kingdom to be able to ratify the Convention.

(2) The report at subsection (1) must be laid as soon as reasonably practicable after
this Act comes into force.

(3) 10When the Secretary of State has determined that the United Kingdom is
compliant with the Istanbul Convention, the Secretary of State shall make a
statement to each House of Parliament—

(a) of the determination, and

(b) the date by which the Secretary of State would expect the Convention
15to be ratified.

2 Reports on progress

(1) The Secretary of State shall each year until ratification lay before each House of
Parliament a report on the following—

(a) if a report has been laid under section 1(1), any alteration in the
20timescale specified in that report in accordance with subsection (1)(b)
and the reasons for its alteration;

(b) the administrative measures taken by Her Majesty’s Government to
enable the United Kingdom to ratify the Istanbul Convention;

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(c) the legislative proposals brought forward, including those in the
Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales and the Northern
Ireland Assembly, to enable the United Kingdom to ratify the Istanbul
Convention;

(d) 5the measures to be taken and legislation required to enable the United
Kingdom to ratify the Istanbul Convention.

(2) The first annual report shall be laid no later than 1 November 2017.

(3) Subsequent annual reports shall be laid no later than 1 November each year.

3 Short title, commencement and extent

(1) 10This Act may be cited as the Preventing and Combating Violence Against
Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Act 2017.

(2) The provisions of this Act come into force at the end of the period of 2 months
beginning with the day on which this Act is passed.

(3) This Act extends to England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.