Session 2013 - 14
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Notices of Amendments


given on


Thursday 11 July 2013


For other Amendment(s) see the following page(s):


Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill Committee 1-2, 3-4 and 5


Public Bill Committee


Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill


Mark Durkan




Clause  22,  page  16,  line  3,  at end insert—



After subsection (2) of section 75 (Statutory duty on public authorities) of that


Act insert—



A public authority shall not interpret its obligations under subsection (2)


in a way that is incompatible with measures taken on the basis of


objective need.”.



In subsection (5) of section 75 of that Act insert—


“good relations” shall be interpreted in line with international obligations


and, in particular, with regard to—



tackling prejudice, and



promoting understanding.”.’.


Reduction in voting age to be a reserved matter


Mark Durkan




To move the following Clause:—


‘In Schedule 3 (Reserved matters) to the Northern Ireland Act 1998, after


paragraph 7 insert—



The alteration to any age between 16 and 18 of the minimum voting


age for elections to the Assembly or local government elections in


Northern Ireland.”.’.


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Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, continued


Annual report on activity relating to Northern Ireland’s past


Mark Durkan




To move the following Clause:—



The Secretary of State shall lay a report before Parliament in respect of each year


as soon as possible after the end of the year to which it relates.



The Secretary of State may appoint a person or persons to produce the report


required under subsection (1).



A report laid under subsection (1) shall contain in relation to the year to which it





a summary of the work of the Historical Enquiries Team of the Northern


Ireland Police;



a summary of the work of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland


insofar as it relates to Northern Ireland’s past;



a summary of the work of other public bodies which, in the opinion of the


Secretary of State, relates to Northern Ireland’s past;



a summary of responses made by Her Majesty’s Government or any other


Government or body to any of the work covered by the report; and



a clear indication where the findings of any work summarised in the


report contradict remarks recorded in the Official Report of the House of


Commons or House of Lords, especially by a Minister of the Crown.



After a report under subsection (1) has been laid before Parliament the Secretary


of State shall provide a statement to Parliament which shall contain references





the comparative standard of enquiries conducted by the Historical


Enquiries Team during that year;



the progress made during the year in dealing with Northern Ireland’s





any apologies that have been given by any Government or public body in


relation to the work summarised in the report; and



any other relevant issues or concerns as they relate to Northern Ireland’s





Any existing provision prohibiting publication of the material to be summarised


under subsection (2)(a) shall, subject to subsection (6) below, not apply for the


purposes of this section.



No personal information shall be included in the report as laid before Parliament


without the permission of the person concerned or, if they are dead, of their




Petitions of concern


Mark Durkan




To move the following Clause:—



In section 42 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Petitions of concern), omit


subsection (3) and insert—



When a petition of concern is lodged against a measure, proposal or a


decision by a Minister, Department or the Executive (“the matter”), the


Assembly shall appoint a special committee to examine and report on


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Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, continued


whether the matter is in conformity with equality and human rights


requirements, including the European Convention on Human Rights and


any Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland.



A committee as provided for under subsection (3) may also be appointed


at the request of the Executive Committee, a Northern Ireland Minister or


relevant Assembly Committee.



The Assembly shall consider the report of any committee appointed


under this section and determine the matter in accordance with the


requirements for cross-community support.



Standing Orders shall provide for—



a committee appointed under this section to have the power to


call people and papers to assist in its consideration of the matter;





the size of such a committee and the timescale for a decision.



In relation to any specific petition of concern or request under subsection


(4), the Assembly may decide, with cross-community support, that the


procedure in subsections (3) and (5) shall not apply.”.’.



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