On 13 May 2021, our Y12 Politics class participated in a ‘Learn with the Lords’ session in which we learnt about the Private Members Bill’s in the House of Lords.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable session and during it the House of Lords drew their 25 ballots for the 2021/22 Parliamentary Session and the first 25 schools had the privilege of having a ballot drawn on their behalf.
We were privileged to have Lord Morrow’s Digital Economy Act 2017 Commencement of Part 3 Bill drawn on our behalf.
The Digital Economy Act 2017 (the Act) makes provision about electronic communications infrastructure and services, including the creation of a broadband Universal Service Order (USO), to give all premises in the UK a legal right to request a minimum standard of broadband connectivity, expected to be 10 megabits per second (Mbps).
The Act also introduces reform of the Electronic Communications Code, and provides greater clarification on data sharing between public bodies. The Digital Economy Bill was introduced in the House of Commons on 5 July 2016, completed its parliamentary stages and received Royal Assent, becoming law, on 27 April 2017. The Bill followed an announcement made in the Queen’s Speech to introduce legislation seeking to make the United Kingdom a world leader in the digital economy.
Enacting Part 3 will ensure there are further restrictions to prevent access to online pornography for under 18s and our students are delighted that this will be a topic for debate in parliament over this term and we look forward to seeing the progress of this bill.
This is one of the many online sessions we have taken part in as part of The Parliament Teacher’s Network.