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Lords reject Manslaughter Bill

The House of Lords has dug its heels in and rejected the Government's Corporate Manslaughter Bill for the fifth time. The majority in favour of the Lords’ amendment fell from 38 to 29 from the last vote (see H&V News June 30). The sticking point continues to be the inclusion of deaths which occur in custody. There is only one week (at time of going to press) of parliamentary time left for the Government to force through the bill. Unite the Union, which includes most m&e workers, reacted with disappointment to the latest Lords’ rejection. Bud Hudspith, of Unite Amicus Section said of the Bill: “If this Bill falls it will deny justice to the families of people killed at work by negligent employers. “But the Bill is still live and we expect the Lords to reach a compromise that will allow the Bill to become law.” Rod Pettigrew, head of commercial and legal at the HVCA said: “My feeling is the Government could push the legislation ahead. There is a lot of agreement in Parliament, apart from one issue. “We’ve cautiously welcomed the legislation, as it seems to be well-balanced, so it would be a shame to see it held up after so much work. A lot may depend on the Government’s readiness to use the Parliament Act to force the bill through.”