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Important laws lost as bills are dropped during suspension.

A NUMBER of important laws have been lost due to Boris Johnson's suspension of Parliament.

Any existing bills that were in the process of going through the House of Commons and Lords are dropped, unless the government decides to carry them over.

They could be brought back on October 14 when Parliament is due to sit again, but all of their previous progress will be lost and the process will have to start from scratch.

Here are some of the government bills that have been dropped: | Animal cruelty: This bill would have increased the maximum penalty for animal cruelty from six months to five years.

It would have brought the law in England and Wales in line with legislation already in place in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home said on Twitter they are "very disappointed".

| Divorce law: This planned law would have meant couples who had drifted apart could start immediate divorce proceedings.

At the moment couples must wait two or five years to officially separate, unless there are any allegations such as cheating.

| Domestic abuse bill: This law would have brought in a definition of domestic abuse in the aim of helping more people come forward.

The bill had cross-party support and aimed to help both victims and the public understand what type of behaviour constitutes domestic abuse.

Among other changes the new legislation would also stop the cross-examination of victims by their abusers in the family courts and establish a Domestic Abuse Commissioner.

The Mirror reported that Labour MP Jess Phillips said: "Domestic abuse victims are simply collateral damage of party politicking."

| Public toilets: This bill would have removed business rates for any buildings that had a public toilet. The snappily named Non-Domestic Rating Public Lavatories Bill would have meant public toilets would be cheaper to run, potentially stopping any future closures.

| The Census: This change in the law would have added two voluntary questions about gender identity and sexual orientation ahead of the 2021 census. LGBT charity Stonewall had praised the bill.

| Trade Bill: A number of bills that have dropped off were Brexit related, including the Trade Bill.

This would have given the UK powers to set up new trade deals, and had been going through the parliamentary process since 2017. It would have also set up a Trades Remedies Authority.

The bill was close to being passed, but due to some changes made in the House of Lords, the government could have lost their vote in the Commons. This meant the bill could not have been carried over, with the government able to only pass it or lose the vote.

| Fisheries Bill: This bill was seen as key post-Brexit legislation and would have allowed the UK to manage fisheries within its own territorial waters.

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