Select Committee on Home Affairs Second Report


  PROCEEDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE RELATING TO THE REPORT

TUESDAY 13 APRIL 1999

Members present:

Mr Chris Mullin, in the Chair


Mr Robin CorbettMrs Janet Dean
Mr Nick HawkinsMr Martin Linton
Mr David Winnick



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The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 20th April at quarter past Ten o'clock.


  WEDNESDAY 19 MAY 1999

Members present:

Mr Chris Mullin, in the Chair


Mr Robin CorbettMrs Janet Dean
Mr Gerald HowarthMr Martin Linton
Mr Humfrey MalinsBob Russell
Mr Paul Stinchcombe Mr David Winnick



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    The Committee deliberated.

    Draft Report [Freemasonry in Public Life], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

    Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

    Paragraphs 1 to 10 read and agreed to.

    Paragraph 11 read as follows:

"As indicated above, one of the reasons for the slow progress on establishing the voluntary registers has been the problem of deciding how the information in the registers should be made available to the public. In October 1998, the Home Secretary told the Committee that chief constables were "very concerned about the arrangements concerning public access to details of freemasonry membership" and that the requirements of the data protection legislation also had to be taken into account. More recently, the Home Office have indicated that "Lawful publication of information about freemasonry membership disclosed voluntarily will require the informed consent of those who have disclosed that information, which can only be given once the precise nature of the publication arrangements have been determined". In the absence of any compelling reason to the contrary, we support full public access. If necessary, appropriate legislation should be passed. Additionally, the names of all those who have failed to indicate whether or not they are masons should be published; such persons should not be allowed to exempt themselves entirely from the process simply by declining to cooperate."

An amendment proposed, in line 11, to leave out the words "Additionally, the names of all those who have failed to indicate whether or not they are masons should be published; such persons should not be allowed to exempt themselves entirely from the process simply by declining to cooperate."

    Question put, that the Amendment be made.

    The Committee divided.


Ayes, 1
Noes, 6
Mr Gerald HowarthMr Robin Corbett
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Humfrey Malins
Bob Russell
Mr Paul Stinchcombe
Mr David Winnick




    Paragraph agreed to.

    Paragraphs 12 to 18 read and agreed to.

    Paragraph 19 read, amended and agreed to.

    Paragraphs 20 to 32 read and agreed to.

    Paragraph 33 read, amended and agreed to.

    Paragraph 34 read and agreed to.

    Paragraph 35 read.

    Question put, That the paragraph stand part of the Report.

    The Committee divided.


Ayes, 6
Noes, 1
Mr Robin CorbettMr Gerald Howarth
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Humfrey Malins
Bob Russell
Mr Paul Stinchcombe
Mr David Winnick



    Paragraph 36 read.

    Question put, That the paragraph stand part of the Report.

    The Committee divided.


Ayes, 6
Noes, 1
Mr Robin CorbettMr Gerald Howarth
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Humfrey Malins
Bob Russell
Mr Paul Stinchcombe
Mr David Winnick



    Paragraph 37 read.

    Question put, That the paragraph stand part of the Report.

    The Committee divided.


Ayes, 6
Noes, 1
Mr Robin CorbettMr Gerald Howarth
Mrs Janet Dean
Mr Humfrey Malins
Bob Russell
Mr Paul Stinchcombe
Mr David Winnick



    Resolved, That the Report, as amended, be the Second Report of the Committee to the House.

    Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

    Ordered, That the provisions of Standing Order No. 134 (Select committees (reports)) to be applied to the Report.

    Several papers were ordered to be appended to the Minutes of Evidence.

    Ordered, That the Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)

    Several papers were ordered to be reported to the House.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 25th May at quarter past Ten o'clock.


 
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