When talking about law-making and the Anti-social behaviour Bill you'll hear a lot of weird and wonderful words.
Some will be totally new, others you'll have heard a million times before. Here is a collection of the key terms that will be used over the course of the debate...
a Bill that has been passed by Parliament, received Royal Assent, and become law.
to make a change or improvement
acting in a manner which causes harassment, alarm or distress to other people
a command issued by a magistrate which aims to prevent an individual acting in an anti-social manner by places restrictions on their ability to be in certain places at certain times. Failure to comply can result in a fine or imprisonment
a proposed law that is being discussed in Parliament but has not been passed
small work group made up of Members of Parliament, given specific responsibilities
the process of getting information from people who are affected or involved in something
a branch of the central government responsible for providing a service or function (eg. The Home Office, Ministry of Defence, Department of Health)
to write something that will go through changes before it is finished
a set of public rules which must be obeyed by all members of a community
a law or set of laws
an institution that has the power to make or change laws
groups responsible for providing services in a community (eg. the police, housing authorities)
refers to Members of the House of Lords
the stage of a Bill's progress where it is debated in Parliament
careful and thorough examination of something or someone
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