Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill

Amendments
to be moved
on THIRD READING

Clause 6

BARONESS RANDERSON

 

Page 6, line 30, leave out from beginning to “(reserved” and insert—

“( )     The Northern Ireland Act 1998 is amended as follows.

( )     In Schedule 3”

 

Page 6, line 35, leave out “exceeding” and insert “lower than five or higher than”

 

Page 6, line 37, at end insert—

“( )     After section 7 insert—

“7A Cross-community support required for Bill altering size of
Assembly

(1)     The Assembly shall not pass a relevant Bill without cross-
community support.

(2)     In this section—

“pass”, in relation to a Bill, means pass at the stage in the
Assembly’s proceedings at which the Bill falls finally to be
passed or rejected;

“relevant Bill” means a Bill containing a provision which deals
with a matter falling within a description specified in
paragraph 7A of Schedule 3 (size of Assembly).”

( )     In section 14 (submission by Secretary of State), after subsection (3) insert—

“(3A)    The Secretary of State shall not submit a Bill for Royal Assent if the
Assembly has passed the Bill in contravention of section 7A (cross-
community support required for Bill altering size of Assembly).”

( )     In section 53(3)(b) (agreements etc by person participating in Councils),
after “section” insert “7A,”.”

Clause 10

BARONESS RANDERSON

 

Page 9, line 7, at end insert—

“( )     Section 4 of that Act (transferred, excepted and reserved matters) is
amended as follows.

( )     In subsection (2), for “and (3)” substitute “to (3D)”.

( )     After subsection (3) insert—

“(3A)    The Secretary of State shall not lay before Parliament under
subsection (2) the draft of an Order amending paragraph 16 of
Schedule 3 (Civil Service Commissioners for Northern Ireland)
unless the Secretary of State has, at least three months before laying
the draft, laid a report before Parliament.

(3B)    The report under subsection (3A) must set out the Secretary of
State’s view of the effect (if any) that the Order would have on—

(a)   the independence of the Civil Service Commissioners for
Northern Ireland;

(b)   the application of the principle that persons should be
selected for appointment to the Northern Ireland Civil
Service on merit on the basis of fair and open competition;
and

(c)   the impartiality of the Northern Ireland Civil Service.”.”

Clause 11

BARONESS RANDERSON

 

Page 9, line 13, leave out from “matters),” to end of line 16 and insert “after sub-
paragraph (a) insert—

“(aa)   in Part VII, sections 68 to 69A, 69C to 70, 71(2A) to (2C) and
Schedule 7;”.”

 

Page 9, line 16, at end insert—

“( )     In section 4 of that Act (transferred, excepted and reserved matters), after
subsection (3B) (as inserted by section 10) insert—

“(3C)    The Secretary of State shall not lay before Parliament under
subsection (2) the draft of an Order amending paragraph 42(aa) of
Schedule 3 (Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission) unless
the Secretary of State has, at least three months before laying the
draft, laid a report before Parliament.

(3D)    The report under subsection (3C) must set out the Secretary of
State’s view of the effect (if any) that the Order would have on—

(a)   the independence of the Northern Ireland Human Rights
Commission;

(b)   the application of internationally accepted principles
relating to national human rights institutions; and

(c)   the relationship between the Northern Ireland Human
Rights Commission and the Assembly.”.”

Clause 28

BARONESS RANDERSON

 

Page 17, line 30, at end insert “(but see subsection (2A) below)”

 

Page 17, line 36, at end insert—

“(2A)    If paragraph 8(1) of Schedule 1 to the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
comes into force on a day after that on which this Act is passed, section 24
comes into force immediately after that paragraph comes into force.”

Prepared 28th February 2014