Victims and Prisoners Bill 2022-23


make provision about victims of criminal conduct and others affected by criminal conduct; about the appointment and functions of advocates for victims of major incidents; about the release of prisoners; about the membership and functions of the Parole Board; to prohibit certain prisoners from forming a marriage or civil partnership; and for connected purposes.

Government Bill

(Ministry of Justice)
What is this Bill?

The Victims and Prisoners Bill is a Government Bill tabled by a Minister of the Crown.

Is this Bill currently before Parliament?

Yes. This Bill was introduced on 29 March 2023 and is currently before Parliament.

Whose idea is this Bill?

Government Bills implement the legislative agenda of the Government. This agenda, and the Bills that will implement it, are outlined in the Queen's Speech at the Session's State Opening of Parliament.

What type of Bill is this?

Government Bills are technically Presentation Bills, but the Government can use its legislative time to ensure the schedule of debates to scrutinise the Bill.

So is this going to become a law?

Though the Bill can be amended from its original form, the Bill will almost certainly be enacted in law before the end of the Session, or will be carried over to the subsequent Session.

How can I find out exactly what this Bill does?

The most straightforward information is contained in the initial Explanatory Notes for the Bill.

Would you like to know more?

See these Glossary articles for more information: Government Bills, Process of a Bill

Official Bill Page Initial Explanatory Notes Initial Briefing papers Ministerial Extracts from Debates All Bill Debates

Next Event: Monday 26th February 2024 - Committee stage

Last Event: Tuesday 13th February 2024 - Committee stage: Minutes of Proceedings (Lords)

Bill Progession through Parliament

Commons Completed
Lords - 60%

Latest Key documents

Timeline of Bill Documents and Stages

12th March 2024
Committee stage (Lords)
26th February 2024
Committee stage (Lords)
22nd February 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 31-VI Sixth marshalled list for Committee
13th February 2024
Committee stage: Minutes of Proceedings (Lords)
13th February 2024
Committee stage (Lords)
9th February 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 31-V Fifth marshalled list for Committee
7th February 2024
Committee stage: Minutes of Proceedings part two (Lords)
7th February 2024
Committee stageMinutes of Proceeding part one (Lords)
7th February 2024
Committee stage part two (Lords)
7th February 2024
Committee stage part one (Lords)
7th February 2024
Carry-over motion
6th February 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 31-IV(a) Amendments for Committee (Supplementary to the Fourth Marshalled List)
5th February 2024
Committee stage: Minutes of Proceedings (Lords)
5th February 2024
Committee stage (Lords)
5th February 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 31-IV Fourth marshalled list for Committee
2nd February 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 31-III(a) Amendment for Committee (Supplementary to the Third Marshalled List)
1st February 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 31-III Third marshalled list for Committee
31st January 2024
Committee stage: Minutes of Proceedings Part 2 (Lords)
31st January 2024
Committee stage: Minutes of Proceedings Part 1 (Lords)
31st January 2024
Committee stage: Part 2 (Lords)
31st January 2024
Committee stage: Part 1 (Lords)
30th January 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 31-II(Rev) Revised second marshalled list for Committee
29th January 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 31-II Second marshalled list for Committee
25th January 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 31-I(b) Amendment for Committee (Supplementary to the Marshalled List)
24th January 2024
Committee stage: Minutes of Proceedings (Lords)
24th January 2024
Committee stage (Lords)
23rd January 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 31-I(a) Amendments for Committee (Supplementary to the Marshalled List)
22nd January 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 33-I Marshalled list for Committee
19th January 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 31(k) Amendments for Committee
18th January 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 31(j) Amendments for Committee
18th January 2024
Select Committee report
7th Report of the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee
17th January 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 31(i) Amendments for Committee
16th January 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 31(h) Amendments for Committee
15th January 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 31(g) Amendments for Committee
12th January 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 31(f) Amendments for Committee
11th January 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 31(e) Amendments for Committee
9th January 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 31(d) Amendments for Committee
5th January 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 31(c) Amendments for Committee
4th January 2024
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 31(b) Amendments for Committee
19th December 2023
Amendment Paper
HL Bill 31(a) Amendments for Committee
19th December 2023
Impact Assessments
Equality Statement
19th December 2023
Impact Assessments
Impact Assessment: Victims and Prisoners Bill — Parole Clauses (updated)
19th December 2023
Impact Assessments
Impact Assessment: Imprisonment for public protection: termination of licences; to be introduced with the Victims and Prisoners Bill
18th December 2023
2nd reading: Minutes of Proceedings (Lords)
18th December 2023
2nd reading (Lords)
13th December 2023
Briefing papers
Victims and Prisoners Bill: HL Bill 31
7th December 2023
Delegated Powers Memorandum
Victims and Prisoners Bill: Delegated Powers Memorandum
6th December 2023
1st reading: Minutes of Proceedings (Lords)
6th December 2023
1st reading (Lords)
6th December 2023
Explanatory Notes
HL Bill 31 Explanatory Notes
6th December 2023
Bill
HL Bill 31 (as brought from the Commons)
4th December 2023
3rd reading (Commons)
4th December 2023
Report stage (Commons)
4th December 2023
Amendment Paper
Consideration of Bill Amendments as at 4 December 2023 - large font accessible version
4th December 2023
Bill proceedings: Commons
Report Stage Proceedings as at 4 December 2023
4th December 2023
Selection of amendments: Commons
Speaker’s provisional grouping and selection of Amendments - 4 December 2023
4th December 2023
Amendment Paper
Consideration of Bill Amendments as at 4 December 2023
1st December 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 1 December 2023
30th November 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 30 November 2023
29th November 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 29 November 2023
28th November 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 28 November 2023
27th November 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 27 November 2023
23rd November 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 23 November 2023
22nd November 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 22 November 2023
16th November 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 16 November 2023
15th November 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 15 November 2023
14th November 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 14 November 2023
14th November 2023
Briefing papers
Research Briefing on progress of the Bill
9th November 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 9 November 2023
8th November 2023
2nd reading (Commons)
8th November 2023
1st reading (Commons)
8th November 2023
Explanatory Notes
Bill 002 EN 2023-24
8th November 2023
Bill
Bill 002 2023-24 (as introduced)
8th November 2023
Bill
Bill 002 2023-24 (as introduced) - xml download
24th October 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 24 October 2023
17th October 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 17 October 2023
16th October 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 16 October 2023
12th September 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 12 September 2023
8th September 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 8 September 2023
6th September 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 6 September 2023
31st August 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 31 August 2023
25th August 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 25 August 2023
21st July 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 21 July 2023
19th July 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 19 July 2023
18th July 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 18 July 2023
13th July 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 13 July 2023
12th July 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 12 July 2023
11th July 2023
Committee stage: 14th sitting (Commons)
11th July 2023
Committee stage: 13th sitting (Commons)
11th July 2023
Bill
Bill 351 2022-23 (as amended in Public Bill Committee)
11th July 2023
Selection of amendments: Commons
Chair’s provisional selection and grouping of amendments in Committee - 11 July 2023
11th July 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by NHS England (supplementary submission) (VPB45)
11th July 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by Catch22 (VPB44)
11th July 2023
Bill proceedings: Commons
All proceedings up to 11 July 2023 at Public Bill Committee Stage
11th July 2023
Amendment Paper
Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 11 July 2023
11th July 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by International Justice Mission (VPB43)
11th July 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) (supplementary submission) (VPB46)
10th July 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 10 July 2023
7th July 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 7 July 2023
6th July 2023
Committee stage: 12th sitting (Commons)
6th July 2023
Committee stage: 11th sitting (Commons)
6th July 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by the Magistrates' Association (VPB42)
6th July 2023
Amendment Paper
Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 6 July 2023
6th July 2023
Selection of amendments: Commons
Chair’s provisional selection and grouping of amendments in Committee - 6 July 2023
5th July 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 5 July 2023
4th July 2023
Committee stage: 10th sitting (Commons)
4th July 2023
Committee stage: 9th sitting (Commons)
4th July 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by the National Police Chiefs' Council (supplementary submission) (VPB41)
4th July 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by the Association of Prison Lawyers (VPB40)
4th July 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by the Prisoners' Advice Service (VPB39)
4th July 2023
Amendment Paper
Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 4 July 2023
4th July 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by Tim Suter, solicitor, Manchester Arena Inquiry and Hillsborough Inquest (supplementary submission) (VPB38)
3rd July 2023
Selection of amendments: Commons
Chair’s provisional selection and grouping of amendments in Committee - 4 July 2023
30th June 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 29 June 2023
29th June 2023
Committee stage: 8th sitting (Commons)
29th June 2023
Committee stage: 7th sitting (Commons)
29th June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by JUSTICE (VPB34)
29th June 2023
Amendment Paper
Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 29 June 2023
29th June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by the Local Government Association (VPB37)
29th June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by Dr Stuart Murray, Bereaved family member of Manchester Arena bombing (VPB36)
29th June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by Amnesty International UK (VPB35)
28th June 2023
Selection of amendments: Commons
Chair’s provisional selection and grouping of amendments in Committee - 29 June 2023
28th June 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 28 June 2023
27th June 2023
Committee stage: 6th sitting (Commons)
27th June 2023
Committee stage: 5th sitting (Commons)
27th June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by Claire Waxman OBE, Independent Victims' Commissioner for London (supplementary submission) (VPB31)
27th June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by SafeLives (supplementary submission) (VPB32)
27th June 2023
Amendment Paper
Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 27 June 2023
27th June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (VPB33)
26th June 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 26 June 2023
26th June 2023
Selection of amendments: Commons
Chair’s provisional selection and grouping of amendments in Committee - 27 June 2023
23rd June 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 23 June 2023
22nd June 2023
Committee stage: 4th sitting (Commons)
22nd June 2023
Committee stage: 3rd sitting (Commons)
22nd June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by Refuge (VPB20)
22nd June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by Why me? (VPB16)
22nd June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by Respect and The Drive Partnership (VPB19)
22nd June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by Women's Aid Federation of England (VPB24)
22nd June 2023
Amendment Paper
Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 22 June 2023
22nd June 2023
Written evidence
Joint written evidence submitted on behalf of the following VAWG organisations: End Violence Against Women Coalition, Women's Aid Federation of England (Women's Aid), Latin American Women's Rights Service, Solace Women's Aid, Refuge, Agenda Alliance, Birmingham and Solihull Women's Aid, Respect, Centre for Women's Justice, Traveller Movement, Surviving Economic Abuse, Hibiscus Initiatives, Safety4Sisters and Southall Black Sisters (VPB25)
22nd June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by The Bar Council and the Law Society (joint submission) (VPB27)
22nd June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by The Bar Council (VPB28)
22nd June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by The Josh Hanson Charitable Trust (VPB14)
22nd June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by Solace Women's Aid (VPB15)
22nd June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by Tackling Double Disadvantage Partnership (VPB17)
22nd June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by the Criminal Justice Alliance (VPB18)
22nd June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by Spotlight on Corruption (VPB21)
22nd June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by The Bell Foundation (VPB22)
22nd June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by Surviving Economic Abuse (VPB23)
22nd June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by the Latin American Women's Rights Service and the Step Up Migrant Women campaign (VPB26)
22nd June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by the Office of the Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales (VPB29)
22nd June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by the Anti-trafficking & Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU), Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX), Kalayan, and the Latin American Women's Rights Service (LAWRS) (joint submission) (VPB30)
21st June 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 21 June 2023
20th June 2023
Committee stage: 2nd sitting (Commons)
20th June 2023
Committee stage: 1st sitting (Commons)
20th June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by the Restorative Justice Council (VPB01)
20th June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust (VPB02)
20th June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by Keep Prisons Single Sex (VPB04)
20th June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by the Prison Reform Trust (VPB07)
20th June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by Rape Crisis England & Wales, End Violence Against Women coalition, Centre for Women's Justice and Rights of Women (joint submission) - The need for a bespoke regime to protect confidentiality of therapy records in rape investigations and prosecutions (VPB09)
20th June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by Rape Crisis England & Wales, End Violence Against Women coalition, Centre for Women's Justice and Rights of Women (joint submission) - Independent legal advice for rape victims and survivors (VPB10)
20th June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by Liberty (VPB12)
20th June 2023
Amendment Paper
Public Bill Committee Amendments as at 20 June 2023
20th June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by Lorna Hackett, Barrister, Head of Legal Practice at Hackett & Dabbs LLP and a tenant at Millennium Chambers (VPB08)
20th June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by the Law Society of England and Wales (VPB03)
20th June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by Napo Trade Union for Probation and Family Courts staff (VPB05)
20th June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by the Centre for Women's Justice (VPB13)
20th June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by The Howard League for Penal Reform (VPB11)
20th June 2023
Written evidence
Written evidence submitted by Victim Support (VPB06)
19th June 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 19 June 2023
16th June 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 16 June 2023
15th June 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 15 June 2023
14th June 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 14 June 2023
13th June 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 13 June 2023
7th June 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 7 June 2023
23rd May 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 23 May 2023
17th May 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 17 May 2023
16th May 2023
Amendment Paper
Notices of Amendments as at 16 May 2023
16th May 2023
Press notices
Victims and Prisoners Bill: call for written evidence
15th May 2023
2nd reading (Commons)
15th May 2023
Carry-over motion
15th May 2023
Programme motion
15th May 2023
Money resolution
10th May 2023
Briefing papers
Briefing paper on the Bill
29th March 2023
1st reading (Commons)
29th March 2023
Explanatory Notes
Bill 286 EN 2022-23
29th March 2023
Bill
Bill 286 2022-23 (as introduced)
29th March 2023
Delegated Powers Memorandum
Memorandum from the Ministry of Justice for the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee
29th March 2023
Human rights memorandum
Human Rights memorandum from the Ministry of Justice
29th March 2023
Impact Assessments
Victims and Prisoners Bill – Parole Clauses - Impact Assessment from the Ministry of Justice