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Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011

Section 141: Demonstrations in vicinity of Parliament: repeal of SOCPA 2005 provisions

377.Subsection (1) repeals sections 132 to 138 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 which govern protests in a designated area around Parliament. This repeal means that it will no longer be a requirement to give notice of demonstrations in the designated area; it will no longer be an offence for such demonstrations to be held without the authorisation of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner; and it will no longer be an offence for a person to use a loudspeaker in the designated area. Repeal of section 132(6) of the 2005 Act means that section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986 will once more apply to public assemblies in the vicinity of Parliament. Repeal of section 138 of the 2005 Act also means that the designated area around Parliament as set out in the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (Designated Area) Order 2005 (S.I. 2005/1537) will cease to have effect.

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