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Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Volume 724: debated on Wednesday 14 December 2022

Online Safety Bill

The following is an extract from the debate on the Online Safety Bill on Report on 5 December 2022:

I thank my hon. Friend for giving way and for his commitment to look at this matter before the Bill reaches the House of Lords. Can he just clarify to me that it is his intention to implement the Law Commission’s recommendations that are within the scope of the Bill prior to the Bill reaching the House of Lords? If that is the case, I am happy to withdraw my amendments.

I cannot confirm today at what stage we will legislate. We will continue to work with my right hon. Friend and the Treasury to ensure that we get this exactly right. We will, of course, give due consideration to the Law Commission’s recommendations.

Unless I am mistaken, no other stages of the Bill will come before the House where this can be discussed. Either it will be done or it will not. I had hoped that the Minister would answer in the affirmative.

I understand. We are ahead of the Lords on publication, so yes is the answer.

[Official Report, 5 December 2022, Vol. 724, c. 120.]

Letter of correction from the Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam (Paul Scully):

An error has been identified in my response to my right hon. Friend the Member for Basingstoke (Dame Maria Miller) during the debate on the Online Safety Bill on Report.

The correct response should have been:

I understand. We are planning to table these amendments during the Bill’s passage through the Lords.