Category: Briefing Papers

Catholic Union Briefing: LGBT Conversion Therapy Consultation

On 29 October, Elizabeth Truss MP launched the Banning Conversion Therapy Government Consultation. The consultation, which will close at 23:45 on 10 December 2021, seeks views on a package of proposed measures that will apply to England and Wales. Responses to the consultation can be submitted online. The list of questions is available to view […]

Draft Online Safety Bill: Additional Notes on Freedom of Expression & Delegated Powers

The Draft Online Safety Bill proposes to confer various powers on the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and OFCOM to regulate aspects of the online environment. These additional notes will provide an overview of some of these powers and the relevant parliamentary procedures that accompany them. The document also highlights the […]

Catholic Union Briefing: Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill

In May 2021, the Government introduced the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill to Parliament. The purpose of the Bill is to make provision in relation to freedom of speech and academic freedom in higher education institutions and in students’ unions; and for connected purposes. Read the Catholic Union’s briefing note on the Bill here: […]

Catholic Union Briefing: New Plan for Immigration

In July 2021, the Government introduced the Nationality and Borders Bill to Parliament. The Bill seeks to put the proposals contained within the New Plan for Immigration into legislation. The purpose of the Bill is to make provision about nationality, asylum and immigration; to make provision about victims of slavery or human trafficking; to provide a […]

“Freedom of expression for believers is under threat” warns Catholic Union

The Catholic Union has warned that freedom of expression is under threat from an increasing failure to accept the legitimacy of different views in society.   It follows the Catholic Union submitting evidence to the UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) on a wide range of matters concerning freedom of expression.   The […]

Catholic Union warns against undermining freedom of expression

The Catholic Union has warned against making any changes to hate crime legislation that risk undermining freedom of expression.   In response to a Law Commission consultation on potential changes to hate crime laws, the Catholic Union said that “protection of the individual citizen against the weaponization of the criminal law is one of the […]

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