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Amendment Paper as at
Monday 22nd May 2000

CONSIDERATION OF BILL


NUCLEAR SAFEGUARDS BILL [LORDS]

NEW CLAUSES

Rights of searching persons

   

Mr David Maclean

NC1

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1) Where a police constable has entered premises under authority of a warrant issued under section (Forcible entry warrant) above and has reasonable cause to believe that Additional Protocol information is secreted in or on the body of a person or persons on the premises he may conduct a non-intimate body search of the person or persons.

    (2) When a constable has formed the belief in subsection (1) he may order the person or persons to remove any outer coat and hat which may be then searched by a police constable of any sex.

    (3) A constable of the same sex as the person or persons being searched may conduct a search of the person or persons and their clothing but may not remove any further articles of clothing.

    (4) If a constable conducting the body search in subsection (3) above is of the opinion that Additional Protocol information can only be discovered by an intimate body search of the person or persons being searched then he shall inform the person or persons that he is of that opinion, and if the information is not produced voluntarily he may arrest the person or persons and take them to a police station for an intimate body search.

    (5) An intimate body search may only be conducted by a qualified medical practitioner at a police station.

    (6) Nothing in this section shall give any rights to authorised officers or others to conduct searches of persons or their clothing.'.


Procedure for obtaining information covered by secrecy obligations

   

Mr David Maclean

NC2

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1) Where the Secretary of State, or the person on whom a notice in section 2 is served, believes that the information requested is restricted by virtue of obligations of secrecy (whether statutory or otherwise) he shall apply to the court for a waiver of secrecy notice.

    (2) A court may, if it believes that the information requested is information, or information of a description—

      (a) which is Additional Protocol information, and

      (b) is restricted by an obligation of secrecy (whether imposed by statute or otherwise)

    make an order waiving the obligation to keep the information secret.

    (3) A person who refuses or fails without reasonable excuse to comply with a waiver of secrecy notice is guilty of an offence.

    (4) A person shall not be guilty of any offence under any statute, nor incur any civil penalty by virtue of complying with a waiver of secrecy notice.'.


Forcible entry warrant

   

Mr David Maclean

NC3

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1) When an authorised officer is refused entry to the premises stipulated in section 4 above, he may apply to a Justice of the Peace for a forcible entry warrant.

    (2) If a Justice of the Peace is satisfied on information given on oath that an authorised officer was refused entry on a duly presented warrant, he may issue a forcible entry warrant authorising a police constable to enter the premises (if necessary by force) at any reasonable hour within one month from the time of the issue of the warrant.

    (3) A constable who enters premises under authority of a warrant issued under this section shall take with him an authorised officer or officers and may take with him such other persons and equipment as appear to him to be necessary.

    (4) The powers of an authorised officer who enters premises under the authority of a warrant issued under this section include power—

      (a) to inspect anything found on the premises;

      (b) to require any information which is held in electronic form and is accessible from the premises to be produced in a form in which he can read and copy it; and

      (c) to copy, or to seize and remove, any document or other thing which he has reasonable cause to believe is something which contains Additional Protocol information.

    (5) A constable who enters premises under the authority of a warrant issued by virtue of this section may—

      (a) give assistance to the authorised officer to prevent interference with him carrying out his duties in section 4 above; and

      (b) may assist in searching the premises.

    (6) A person who—

      (a) wilfully obstructs an authorised officer in the exercise of a power conferred by warrant or fails without reasonable excuse to comply with a legitimate request made by an authorised officer; or

      (b) obstructs, or fails without reasonable excuse to comply with the instructions of a police constable,

    is guilty of an offence.'.


Intimate and strip searches

   

Mr Eric Forth

NC4

To move the following Clause:—

    ' .—Any intimate or strip search made under section 4(6)(b) shall be conducted in accordance with the procedures set out in Schedule (intimate and strip searches).'.


   

Mr David Maclean

16

Page     2,     line     4     [Clause     2],     leave out subsection (1).

   

Mr Eric Forth

1

Page     2,     line     5     [Clause     2],     after 'statute' insert ', contract'.

   

Mr David Maclean

18

Page     2,     line     21     [Clause     2],     at end insert—

    '(4A) No person shall be under an obligation to supply to the Secretary of State information which is, or which he has reasonable grounds for believing may be, restricted by obligations of secrecy.'.

   

Mr David Maclean

19

Page     2,     line     23     [Clause     2],     at end insert 'except where the person has reasonable ground for believing that the information is restricted by obligations of secrecy.'.

   

Mr David Maclean

17

Page     2,     line     25     [Clause     2],     leave out 'mentioned in subsection (1).'.

   

Mr David Maclean

20

Page     2,     line     33     [Clause     3],     leave out 'of any description specified in the regulations' and insert 'who he has reasonable grounds for believing are in possession of Additional protocol Information'.

   

Mr David Maclean

21

Page     2,     line     34     [Clause     3],     leave out from 'are' to end of line 36 and insert 'such persons'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

2

Page     2,     line     35     [Clause     3],     after 'may' insert 'reasonably'.

   

Mr David Maclean

22

Page     2,     line     37     [Clause     3],     leave out subsection (2).


   

Mr Eric Forth

3

Page     3,     line     2     [Clause     3],     after 'of' insert 'relevant'.

   

Mr David Maclean

23

Page     3,     line     3     [Clause     3],     leave out from 'circumstances' to end of line 4.

   

Mr Eric Forth

4

Page     3,     line     4     [Clause     3],     after 'provisions' insert 'where they are necessary to the requirements of subsection (2)'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

5

Page     3,     line     6     [Clause     3],     leave out 'annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House' and insert 'affirmative resolution of both Houses'.

   

Mr David Maclean

24

Page     3     [Clause     3],     leave out line 9 and insert 'have a duty to publish a statement of the fact that they have been made in'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

6

Page     3,     line     25     [Clause     4],     after 'premises' insert ', person or equipment'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

7

Page     3,     line     27     [Clause     4],     after 'premises' insert ', search the person or access the equipment'.

   

Mr David Maclean

25

Page     3,     line     27     [Clause     4],     leave out ', if necessary by force,'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

8

Page     3,     line     27     [Clause     4],     leave out 'one month' and insert 'fourteen days'.

   

Mr David Maclean

26

Page     3,     line     45     [Clause     4],     leave out ', if necessary by force,'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

9

Page     3,     line     45     [Clause     4],     leave out 'at any reasonable hour'.


   

Mr David Maclean

28

Page     5,     line     6     [Clause     5],     leave out 'An Agency Inspector may,' and insert 'If a justice of the peace is satisfied, on information given on oath, that it is reasonable and necessary in accordance with the Additional Protocol for an Agency inspector to do so, he may issue a warrant authorising an Agency inspector to.'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

10

Page     5,     line     17     [Clause     5],     at end insert—

    '(2A) . The Agency's powers of access under subsection (2) shall be exercised only in the presence of a constable.'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

11

Page     5,     line     26     [Clause     5],     after 'instrument' insert 'subject to affirmative resolution of both Houses of Parliament'.

   

Mr Eric Forth
Mr David Maclean

12

Page     5,     line     27     [Clause     5],     leave out 'may' and insert 'must'.

 
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