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Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Friday 12 July 2013

 

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Public Bill Committee


 

Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill


 

(Except Clauses 1 to 9)

 


 

Mike Penning

 

That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the

 

Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.

 


 

Mr Nigel Dodds

 

Dr William McCrea

 

Mr Jeffrey Donaldson

 

Mr Gregory Campbell

 

David Simpson

 

Jim Shannon

 

Ian Paisley

 

Sammy Wilson

 

1

 

Clause  22,  page  15,  line  35,  after ‘authorities)’, insert ‘—

 

‘(a)    

in subsection (1), after paragraph (d) insert—

 

“(e)    

between those who are victims and survivors of the

 

conflict and those who are not; and

 

(f)    

between those who have been members of Her

 

Majesty’s armed forces and those who are not.”.

 

(b)    

after subsection (1) insert—


 
 

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“(1A)    

person is excluded from any benefit arising from this Act by

 

virtue of (1)(e) if that person has been convicted of a serious

 

criminal conviction.”

 

(c)    

’.

 

Mr Nigel Dodds

 

Dr William McCrea

 

Mr Jeffrey Donaldson

 

Mr Gregory Campbell

 

David Simpson

 

Jim Shannon

 

Ian Paisley

 

Sammy Wilson

 

Naomi Long

 

2

 

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

 

‘(1A)    

In subsection (5) of that Act insert—

 

““victim and survivor of the conflict” is defined as—

 

(a)    

any person who has suffered harm caused by an act related to the

 

conflict in Northern Ireland, for which they are not wholly or

 

partly responsible, that is in violation of the criminal law,

 

(b)    

any person who provides a substantial amount of care on a

 

regular basis for a person as outlined in paragraph (a), where the

 

harm suffered is a physical or psychological injury.

 

“serious criminal conviction” means a conviction, whether the person was

 

convicted in Northern Ireland or elsewhere, for an offence for which—

 

(c)    

a sentence of imprisonment of five years or more was imposed,

 

(d)    

a sentence of imprisonment for life was imposed.”.’.

 

Mark Durkan

 

5

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

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

 

‘(1A)    

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

 

Act insert—

 

“(2A)    

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.”.

 

(1B)    

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—

 

(e)    

tackling prejudice, and

 

(f)    

promoting understanding.”.’.

 


 

Naomi Long

 

3

 

Clause  23,  page  16,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

‘(8)    

An order under subsection (4) may not apply to decions about the voting age of

 

persons entitled to vote in elections in respect of the Northern Ireland Assembly

 

and district councils.’.


 
 

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Naomi Long

 

4

 

Clause  23,  page  16,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

‘(3)    

In Schedule 2, paragraph 12, of that Act at end insert “but not the voting age of

 

persons entitled to vote in elections in respect of the Northern Ireland Assembly

 

and district councils.”.’.

 


 

New ClauseS

 

Amendment to British Nationality Act 1981

 

Mr Nigel Dodds

 

Dr William McCrea

 

Mr Jeffrey Donaldson

 

Mr Gregory Campbell

 

David Simpson

 

Jim Shannon

 

Ian Paisley

 

Sammy Wilson

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘After Section 6 of the British Nationality Act 1981 insert—

 

“6A    

Acquisition by Persons Born in the Republic of Ireland

 

(1)    

A person born in the Republic of Ireland shall be a British citizen if they

 

give notice in writing to the Secretary of State of their intention to be a

 

British citizen.

 

(2)    

A person giving notice under subsection (1) must certify to the Secretary

 

of State that they intend to revoke their citizenship of the Republic of

 

Ireland.

 

(3)    

The Secretary of State shall by regulations make provision regarding the

 

form of notice given under subsection (1).”.’.

 


 

Analysis of PSNI Historical Enquiries Team material

 

Mark Durkan

 

NC2

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

If the Secretary of State appoints one or more persons to prepare an analysis of

 

the work of the Historical Enquiries Team of the Police Service of Northern

 

Ireland, any existing provision prohibiting publication of the material to be

 

analysed shall, subject to subsection (2) below, not apply for the purposes of this

 

section.


 
 

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(2)    

No personal information shall be included in the analysis as published without the

 

permission of the person concerned or, if they are dead, of their relatives.’.

 


 

Pledge of Office by First Minister and Deputy First Minister

 

Mark Durkan

 

Ms Margaret Ritchie

 

NC3

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘After section 16A(9) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, there shall be inserted—

 

“(9A)    

The First Minister and Deputy First Minister shall each make their pledge

 

of office orally in full at a sitting of the Assembly.’.

 


 

Cross-community election of First Minister and Deputy First Minister

 

Mark Durkan

 

Ms Margaret Ritchie

 

NC4

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘In section 16A of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Appointment of First Minister,

 

Deputy First Minister and Northern Ireland Ministers following Assembly

 

election)—

 

(a)    

subsections (4) to (7) and (9) (which relate to the appointment of the First

 

Minister and Deputy First Minister) shall cease to have effect;

 

(b)    

after subsection (3) there shall be inserted—

 

“(4)    

Each candidate for the office of First Minister or Deputy First

 

Minister must stand for election jointly with a candidate for the

 

other office.

 

(5)    

Two candidates standing jointly shall not be elected to the two

 

offices without the support of a majority of the members voting

 

in the election, a majority of the designated Nationalists voting

 

and a majority of the designated Unionists voting.

 

(6)    

The First Minister and the Deputy First Minister—

 

(a)    

shall not take up office until each of them has affirmed

 

the terms of the pledge of office; and

 

(b)    

subject to the provisions of this Part, shall hold office

 

until the conclusion of the next election for First

 

Minister and Deputy First Minister.”.


 
 

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(c)    

in subsection (3)(b) the reference to subsections (4) to (7) shall be

 

replaced by a reference to subsections (4) to (6).’.

 


 

Reduction in voting age to be a reserved matter

 

Mark Durkan

 

NC5

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

To move the following Clause:—

 

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

 

paragraph 7 insert—

 

“7A      

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.”.’.

 


 

Annual report on activity relating to Northern Ireland’s past

 

Mark Durkan

 

NC6

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

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.

 

(2)    

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

 

required under subsection (1).

 

(3)    

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

 

relates—

 

(a)    

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

 

Ireland Police;

 

(b)    

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

 

insofar as it relates to Northern Ireland’s past;

 

(c)    

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

 

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

 

(d)    

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

 

(e)    

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.

 

(4)    

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

 

to—

 

(a)    

the comparative standard of enquiries conducted by the Historical

 

Enquiries Team during that year;


 
 

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(b)    

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

 

past;

 

(c)    

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

 

relation to the work summarised in the report; and

 

(d)    

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

 

past.

 

(5)    

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.

 

(6)    

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

 

relatives.’.

 


 

Petitions of concern

 

Mark Durkan

 

NC7

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

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

 

subsection (3) and insert—

 

“(3)    

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

 

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.

 

(4)    

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.

 

(5)    

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.

 

(6)    

Standing Orders shall provide for—

 

(a)    

a committee appointed under this section to have the power to

 

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

 

and

 

(b)    

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

 

(7)    

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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Order of the House [24 June 2013]

 

That the following provisions shall apply to the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous

 

Provisions) Bill:

 

Committal

 

1.    

Clauses 1 to 9 shall be committed to a Committee of the whole House.

 

2.    

The remainder of the Bill shall be committed to a Public Bill Committee.

 

Proceedings in Committee

 

3.    

Proceedings in Committee of the whole House shall (so far as not previously

 

concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on the

 

day on which those proceedings are commenced.

 

4.    

Proceedings in the Public Bill Committee shall (so far as not previously

 

concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 18 July 2013.

 

5.    

The Public Bill Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on

 

which it meets.

 

6.    

When the provisions of the Bill considered, respectively, by the Committee

 

of the whole House and by the Public Bill Committee have been reported to

 

the House, the Bill shall be proceeded with as if it had been reported as a

 

whole to the House from the Public Bill Committee.

 

Consideration and Third Reading

 

7.    

Proceedings on Consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be

 

brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the

 

day on which those proceedings are commenced.

 

8.    

Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be

 

brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.

 

Programming Committee

 

9.    

Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to

 

proceedings on Consideration and Third Reading.

 

Other proceedings

 

10.    

Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on

 

consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the

 

Lords) may be programmed.

 


 
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