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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 5 February 2013

 

Public Bill Committee

 

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Justice and Security Bill [Lords]


 

Note

 

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order of the

 

Committee [29 January 2013].

 


 

Clause 6.

 

Another Amendment (No. 55) proposed, in page 4, line 21, to leave out subsections (2)

 

to (6) and insert—

 

‘(1B)    

The court may make such a declaration if it considers that the following two

 

conditions are met.

 

(1C)    

The first condition, in a case where the court is considering whether to make a

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declaration on the application of the Secretary of State or of its own motion, is

 

that—

 

(a)    

a party to the proceedings (whether or not the Secretary of State) would

 

be required to disclose sensitive material in the course of the proceedings

 

to another person (whether or not another party to the proceedings), or

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(b)    

a party to the proceedings (whether or not the Secretary of State) would

 

be required to make such a disclosure were it not for one or more of the

 

following—

 

(i)    

the possibility of a claim for public interest immunity in relation

 

to the material,

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(ii)    

the fact that there would be no requirement to disclose if the

 

person concerned chose not to rely on the material,

 

(iii)    

section 17(1) of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act

 

2000 (exclusion for intercept material),

 

(iv)    

any other enactment that would prevent the party from disclosing

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the material but would not do so if the proceedings were

 

proceedings in relation to which there was a declaration under

 

this section.


 
 

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(1D)    

The first condition, in a case where the court is considering whether to make a

 

declaration on the application of a party to the proceedings (other than the

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Secretary of State), is that—

 

(a)    

the applicant would be required to disclose sensitive material in the

 

course of the proceedings to another person (whether or not another party

 

to the proceedings), or

 

(b)    

the applicant would be required to make such a disclosure were it not for

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one or more of the following—

 

(i)    

the possibility of a claim for public interest immunity in relation

 

to the material,

 

(ii)    

the fact that there would be no requirement to disclose if the

 

applicant chose not to rely on the material,

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(iii)    

section 17(1) of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act

 

2000 (exclusion for intercept material),

 

(iv)    

any other enactment that would prevent the applicant from

 

disclosing the material but would not do so if the proceedings

 

were proceedings in relation to which there was a declaration

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under this section.

 

(1E)    

The second condition is that it is in the interests of the fair and effective

 

administration of justice in the proceedings to make a declaration.

 

(1F)    

The two conditions are met if the court considers that they are met in relation to

 

any material that would be required to be disclosed in the course of the

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proceedings (and an application under subsection (1A)(a) need not be based on

 

all of the material that might meet the conditions).

 

(1G)    

A declaration under this section must identify the party or parties to the

 

proceedings who would be required to disclose the sensitive material (“a relevant

 

person”).’.—(James Brokenshire)

 

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.

 

As Amendments to James Brokenshire’s proposed Amendment (No. 55):—

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

Mike Crockart

 

(a)

 

Line  1,  leave out ‘(6)’ and insert (4)’.

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

(d)

 

Line  2,  leave out ‘two conditions are’ and insert ‘condition is’.

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

(e)

 

Line  4,  leave out ‘first’.

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

Mike Crockart

 

(b)

 

Line  4,  leave out from ‘condition’ to ‘is’ in line 5.

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

(f)

 

Line  5,  after ‘State’, insert ‘or a party’.


 
 

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Mr Andy Slaughter

 

(g)

 

Line  9,  leave out from ‘proceedings),’ to end of line 46 and insert—

 

‘(b)    

such a disclosure would be damaging to the interests of national security,

 

(c)    

the degree of harm to the interests of national security if the material is

 

disclosed would be likely to outweigh the public interest in the fair and

 

open administration of justice, and

 

(d)    

a fair determination of the proceedings is not possible by any other

 

means.

 

(1C)    

In deciding whether a party to the proceedings would be required to disclose

 

material, the court must ignore—

 

(a)    

section 17(1) of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

 

(exclusion for intercept material), and

 

(b)    

any other enactment that would prevent the applicant from disclosing the

 

material but would not do so if the proceedings were proceedings in

 

relation to which there was a declaration under this section.

 

(1D)    

Before making an application under subsection (1), the Secretary of State must

 

consider whether to make, or advise another person to make, a claim for public

 

interest immunity in relation to the material on which the application would be

 

based.

 

(1E)    

Before making a declaration under subsection (1), the court must consider

 

whether a claim for public interest immunity could have been made in relation to

 

the material.’.

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

Mike Crockart

 

(c)

 

Leave out lines 23 to 40.

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

Mike Crockart

 

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Clause  6,  page  5,  line  3,  leave out ‘subsection (2)’ and insert ‘this section’.

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

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Clause  6,  page  5,  line  3,  leave out from ‘must’ to end of line 5 and insert—

 

‘(a)    

ensure that the material is disclosed to a special advocate,

 

(b)    

determine whether a claim for public interest immunity could have been

 

made in relation to any part of the material, and

 

(c)    

order disclosure of any part of the material to which public interest

 

immunity would not apply.

 

(6A)    

In making a determination pursuant to subsection 2(d), the court—

 

(a)    

must not make such a determination solely by reason of the fact that such

 

material would be excluded by the operation of the doctrine of public

 

interest immunity; and

 

(b)    

must only make such a determination if otherwise the proceedings would

 

be struck out pursuant to any rule of law; and

 

(c)    

must only make such a determination if the court is satisfied that the

 

unfairness to the relevant person or the Secretary of State by not making

 

a declaration under this section would be substantially greater than the

 

unfairness to the other parties by making such a declaration.’.


 
 

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James Brokenshire

 

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Clause  6,  page  5,  line  12,  leave out ‘the Secretary of State’ and insert ‘a person’.

 

James Brokenshire

 

57

 

Clause  6,  page  5,  line  15,  after ‘section’, insert ‘or proceedings for or about such a

 

declaration’.

 

James Brokenshire

 

58

 

Clause  6,  page  5,  line  18,  leave out ‘the Secretary of State’ and insert ‘a person’.

 

James Brokenshire

 

59

 

Clause  6,  page  5,  line  19,  leave out ‘(1)’ and insert ‘(1A)(a)’.

 

James Brokenshire

 

60

 

Clause  6,  page  5,  line  19,  leave out ‘Secretary of State’s’ and insert ‘person’s’.

 

James Brokenshire

 

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Clause  6,  page  5,  line  20,  leave out ‘all of the parties’ and insert ‘every other person

 

entitled to make such an application in relation’.

 

James Brokenshire

 

62

 

Clause  6,  page  5,  line  22,  leave out ‘Secretary of State’ and insert ‘applicant’.

 

James Brokenshire

 

63

 

Clause  6,  page  5,  line  22,  leave out from ‘inform’ to first ‘of’ in line 23 and insert

 

‘every other such person’.

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

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Clause  6,  page  5,  line  32,  at end add ‘except for proceedings which arise in

 

connection with the claimant’s loss of liberty.’.

 

James Brokenshire

 

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Clause  6,  page  5,  line  32,  at end add—

 

‘“sensitive material” means material the disclosure of which would be

 

damaging to the interests of national security.’.

 


 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

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Clause  7,  page  5,  line  47,  at end add ‘ and that damage outweighs the public interest


 
 

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in the fair and open administration of justice,’.

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

Mike Crockart

 

1

 

Clause  7,  page  6,  line  2,  leave out ‘consider requiring’ and insert ‘require’.

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

Mike Crockart

 

2

 

Clause  7,  page  6,  line  4,  at end insert ‘sufficient to enable the party to whom the

 

summary is provided to give effective instructions on the undisclosed material to their

 

legal representatives and special advocates.’.

 

Dr Julian Huppert

 

Mike Crockart

 

3

 

Clause  7,  page  6,  line  5,  after ‘ensure’, insert ‘so far as it is possible to do so’.

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

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Clause  7,  page  6,  line  16,  leave out ‘authorised’ and insert ‘required’.

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

73

 

Clause  7,  page  6,  line  21,  leave out ‘or’ and insert ‘and’.

 


 

Mr Andy Slaughhter

 

74

 

Clause  8,  page  6,  line  28,  leave out ‘may’ and insert ‘must’.

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

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Clause  8,  page  6,  line  40,  at end insert—

 

‘(4A)    

Rules of court relating to any relevant civil proceedings in relation to which there

 

is a declaration under section 6 proceedings must secure—

 

(a)    

that, where a party is excluded from such an application, his interests are

 

represented by a special advocate appointed in advance of the court

 

hearing such application and, if the application is granted, for the

 

duration of the section 6 proceedings and related proceedings,

 

(b)    

that the special advocate is afforded the opportunity to take instructions

 

from the party whose interests he is appointed to represent.’.

 


 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

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Clause  10,  page  7,  line  16,  leave out subsection (2) (b).


 
 

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Clause  10,  page  7,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

Rules of court relating to section 6 proceedings must make provision—

 

(a)    

requiring the court concerned to notify relevant representatives of the

 

media of proceedings in which an application for a declaration under

 

section 6 has been made,

 

(b)    

providing for any person notified under paragraph (a) to intervene in the

 

proceedings,

 

(c)    

providing for a stay or sist of relevant civil proceedings to enable anyone

 

notified under paragraph (a) to consider whether to intervene in the

 

proceedings,

 

(d)    

enabling any party to the proceedings or any intervener to apply to the

 

court concerned for a determination of whether there continues to be

 

justification for not giving full particulars of the reasons for decisions in

 

the proceedings, and

 

(e)    

requiring the court concerned, on an application under paragraph (d), to

 

publish such of the reasons for decision as the court determines can no

 

longer be justifiably withheld.’.

 

James Brokenshire

 

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Clause  10,  page  7,  line  31,  leave out subsections (4) and (5) and insert—

 

‘(4)    

The following proceedings are to be treated as section 6 proceedings for the

 

purposes of sections 7 to 9, this section and section 11—

 

(a)    

proceedings on, or in relation to, an application for a declaration under

 

section 6;

 

(b)    

proceedings on, or in relation to, a decision of the court to make a

 

declaration under that section of its own motion.

 

(5)    

In proceedings treated as section 6 proceedings by virtue of subsection (4), a

 

relevant person, for the purposes of sections 7 to 9, this section and section 11, is

 

a person who would be required to disclose sensitive material in the course of the

 

proceedings.’.

 

Mr Andy Slaughter

 

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Clause  10,  page  7,  line  36,  at end add—

 

‘(6)    

Rules of court relating to section 6 proceedings must make provision—

 

(a)    

to ensure that the burden of proof in section 6 proceedings shall be on the

 

relevant person and, where a party, the Secretary of State,

 

(b)    

to ensure that, upon the Secretary of State making an application under

 

section 6(1), he shall be obliged to make full and frank unredacted

 

disclosure to the court and special advocate of all material and

 

information relevant to—

 

(i)    

the issues in the action,

 

(ii)    

the admissability of any evidence in section 6 procedings,

 

(iii)    

the reliability of any such evidence,

 

(iv)    

the existence of witnesses or lines of inquiry leading to the

 

discovery of relevant material, or

 

(v)    

the appropriate court procedure for determining the issues in the

 

claim,


 
 

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(c)    

to ensure that any material which the special advocate represents may

 

have been procured by torture or by cruel, inhumane or degrading

 

treatment is ruled inadmissable unless the contrary is proved to a high

 

degree of conviction,

 

(d)    

to ensure that opinion evidence is ruled inadmissible unless provided by

 

an independent expert,

 

(e)    

to ensure that the court shall not without the consent of the special

 

advocate admit any statement constituting hearsay evidence without—

 

(i)    

the source being identified to the court’s satisfaction,

 

(ii)    

the court being satisfied that it is impracticable for the source to

 

provide live evidence to the court by oral evidence or video-link

 

and to be available for cross-examination, and

 

(iii)    

the court being satisfied that the words of the source are reported

 

or recorded accurately and there is no risk of significant

 

misquotation through multiple hearsay or otherwise,

 

(f)    

to ensure that the costs of all the parties to any proceedings in which a

 

declaration under section 6 is made shall be paid by the Secretary of State

 

in any event,

 

(g)    

to ensure that any judgement or decision of the court in any proceedings

 

in which a section 6 declaration is sought shall be deemed to be an

 

interlocutory judgement and any party excluded from such proceedings

 

may at any time apply to the court to set aside such judgement or decision

 

on the basis of relevant evidence not reasonably available to that party at

 

the time of the section 6 proceedings.’.

 


 

James Brokenshire

 

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Clause  11,  page  8,  line  10,  leave out ‘(4)’ and insert ‘(1G)’.

 

James Brokenshire

 

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Clause  11,  page  8,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

‘“sensitive material” has the meaning given by section 6(9),’.

 


 

Diana Johnson

 

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Clause  14,  page  11,  line  14,  at end insert ‘where that information relates to national

 

security or the interests of the United Kingdom’.

 

Diana Johnson

 

79

 

Clause  14,  page  11,  line  15,  leave out ‘an’ and insert ‘a foreign’.

 

Diana Johnson

 

80

 

Clause  14,  page  11,  line  17,  leave out ‘an’ and insert ‘a foreign’.


 
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