As widely predicted, it seems the UK’s Digital Economy Bill will become law before the upcoming General Election, but only through the ‘wash-up’ process at the end of this Parliament. The second House of Commons reading for the bill has been scheduled for 6 April – the same day PM Gordon Brown is expected to dissolve Parliament before the election, triggering the wash-up process. It’s a controversial decision, as critics have argued that this means the bill won’t be subject to a full parliamentary debate. Clauses can be deleted, though, meaning that some of the more divisive sections could yet be jettisoned before the bill becomes law. Source: Guardian

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