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Amendment Paper as at
Thursday 15th June 2000

STANDING COMMITTEE B


New Amendments handed in are marked thus *

POLICE (NORTHERN IRELAND) BILL

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order of the Committee [13th June], as follows:

Clause 1; Schedules 1 and 2; Clauses 2 to 13; Schedule 3; Clauses 14 to 66; Schedule 4; Clauses 67 to 70; Schedules 5 to 7; Clauses 71 to 73; new Clauses; new Schedules.

    Clause No. 1 (The Northern Ireland Policing Board).

    Question proposed, That the Clause stand part of the Bill.

   

Mr Lembit Öpik
Dr Jenny Tonge

126

Schedule     1,     page     36,     line     25,     after 'of', insert 'no fewer than 14 members and'.

   

Mr Ken Maginnis
Mr William Thompson

107

Schedule     1,     page     36,     line     25,     leave out 'not more than'.

   

Mr Adam Ingram

133

Schedule     1,     page     36,     line     25,     after 'not' insert 'less than 14 nor'.

   

Mr Ken Maginnis
Mr William Thompson

108

Schedule     1,     page     36,     line     27,     leave out sub-paragraph (2).

   

Mr Ken Maginnis
Mr William Thomspon

152

*Schedule     1,     page     36,     line     28,     at end insert—

    '(3A) The Secretary of State shall—

      (a) appoint 10 political members from among Northern Ireland District Council members who have been nominated by eligible political parties; and

      (b) in (a) above not appoint any councillor from a political party which is not committed to non-violence and exclusively peaceful and democratic means.'.

   

Mr Ken Maginnis
Mr William Thompson

109

Schedule     1,     page     36,     line     34,     after '(a)', insert 'Members of Parliament who represent Northern Ireland constitutencies;

      (b)'.

   

Mr Ken Maginnis
Mr William Thompson
Mr Seamus Mallon
Mr Lembit Öpik
Dr Jenny Tonge

110

Schedule     1,     page     36,     line     38,     leave out sub-paragraph (6).

   

Mr Ken Maginnis
Mr William Thompson

111

Schedule     1,     page     37,     line     4,      after 'partnership', insert '; or

    (c) or he has—

      (i) been at any time convicted in Northern Ireland or elsewhere of any offence and has had passed on him a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not); or

      (ii) been bankrupt or made a composition or arrangement with his creditors; or

      (iii) previously been removed from the Board under sub-paragraph 4(5) or sub-paragraph 9(1) of this schedule.'.

   

Mr Ken Maginnis
Mr William Thompson

153

*Schedule     1,     page     37,     line     9,     at end insert—

    '(11) A quorum for appointments to the offices at (10) above shall be 8 or two thirds of the members of the Board, whichever is greater.'.

   

Mr Ken Maginnis
Mr William Thompson

112

Schedule     1,     page     37,     line     22,      leave out 'may' and insert 'shall'.

   

Mr Ken Maginnis
Mr William Thompson

113

Schedule     1,     page     37,     line     22,      leave out 'or as chairman or vice-chairman'.

   

Mr Ken Maginnis
Mr William Thompson

114

Schedule     1,     page     37,     line     24,      leave out 'convicted of a criminal offence' and insert 'at any time convicted in Northern Ireland or elswhere of any offence and has had passed on him a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not);'.

   

Mr Lembit Öpik
Dr Jenny Tonge

141

Schedule     1,     page     37,     line     24,     at end insert 'while serving on the Board'.

   

Mr Ken Maginnis
Mr William Thompson

115

Schedule     1,     page     37,     line     31,      leave out 'or who has resigned'.

   

Mr Ken Maginnis
Mr William Thompson

116

Schedule     1,     page     37,     line     32,     at end insert—

    '(7) A member of the Board who has resigned shall not be eligible for re-appointment until after a period of 1 year from the date of his resignation.'.

   

Mr Lembit Öpik
Dr Jenny Tonge

97

Schedule     1,     page     38,     line     16,     leave out 'applying sub-paragraphs (3) to (8)' and insert 'the application of the Single Transferable Vote among Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly present in the appropriate sitting of the Northern Ireland Assembly'.

   

Mr Lembit Öpik
Dr Jenny Tonge

98

Schedule     1,     page     38,     line     26,     leave out 'applying sub-paragraphs (3) to (8)' and insert 'the application of the Single Transferable Vote among Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly present in the appropriate sitting of the Northern Ireland Assembly'.

   

Mr Lembit Öpik
Dr Jenny Tonge

99

Schedule     1,     page     38,     line     27,     leave out from beginning to end of line 11 on page 39.

   

Mr Ken Maginnis
Mr William Thompson

117

Schedule     1,     page     38,     leave out line 33 and insert 'confirming to the Secretary of State that he complies with sub-paragraph 7(3) and declaring—

      "I hereby do solemnly and sincerely and truly declare and affirm that I will faithfully fulfil my duties as a member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board with fairness, integrity, diligence and impartiality".'.

   

Mr John M. Taylor
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Andrew Hunter

158

Schedule     1,     page     39,     line     31,     at end add—

      '(c) a party is linked to an organisation that has failed to satisfy any of the four factors set out in section 3(9) (a) to (d) of the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998;

      (d) a party is linked to an organisation that has failed to begin the decommissioning of arms and explosives in a manner verified by the Commission referred to in section 7 of the Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997.'.

   

Mr John Hume
Mr Seamus Mallon
Mr Eddie McGrady
Mr Kevin McNamara
Dr Norman A. Godman
Mr Stephen Pound
Mr Lembit ÖpikDr Jenny Tonge

63

Schedule     1,     page     40,     line     3,     leave out sub-paragraph (4).

   

Mr Adam Ingram

134

Schedule     1,     page     40,     line     3,     leave out from beginning to 'to' and insert 'In relation'.

   

Mr Adam Ingram

135

Schedule     1,     page     40,     line     5,     at end insert '—

      (a) sub-paragraph (2) applies as if paragraphs (b) and (c) were omitted; and

      (b) sub-paragraph (3) does not apply.'.

   

Mr Ken Maginnis
Mr William Thompson

118

Schedule     1,     page     40,     line     16,     leave out 'or who has resigned'.

   

Mr Ken Maginnis
Mr William Thompson

119

Schedule     1,     page     40,     line     17,     at end insert—

    '(10) A member of the Board who has resigned shall not be eligible for re-appointment until after a period of 1 year from the date of his resignation.'.

   

Mr Ken Maginnis
Mr William Thompson

120

Schedule     1,     page     40,     line     19,     leave out 'may' and insert 'shall'.

   

Mr Ken Maginnis
Mr William Thompson

121

Schedule     1,     page     40,     line     21,     leave out 'convicted of a criminal offence' and insert 'at any time convicted in Northern Ireland or elsewhere of any offence and has had passed on him a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not);'.

   

Mr Lembit Öpik
Dr Jenny Tonge

142

Schedule     1,     page     40,     line     21,     at end insert 'while serving on the Board'.

   

Mr John M. Taylor
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Andrew Hunter

159

Schedule     1,     page     40,     line     23,     at end insert—

    '(1A) The Secretary of State shall remove a person from office as an independent or political member of the Board if satisfied that—'.

   

Mr John M. Taylor
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Andrew Hunter

160

Schedule     1,     page     40,     line     25,     at end insert—

      '(a) any organisation to which he is linked has failed to satisfy any of the four factors set out in section 3(9) (a), (b), (c) and (d) of the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998;

      (b) any organisation to which he is linked has failed to begin the decommissioning of arms and explosives in a manner verified by the Commission referred to in section 7 of the Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997.'.

   

Mr Ken Maginnis
Mr William Thompson

122

Schedule     1,     page     40,     line     28,     leave out 'may' and insert 'shall'.

   

Mr Adam Ingram

136

Schedule     1,     page     40,     line     37,     leave out 'Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland' and insert 'the Ombudsman'.

   

Mr Ken Maginnis
Mr William Thompson

123

Schedule     1,     page     40,     line     42,     after '(c)', insert 'he has—

          (i) been at any time convicted in Northern Ireland or elsewhere of any offence and has had passed on him a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not); or

          (ii) been bankrupt or made a composition or arrangement with his creditors; or

          (iii) previously been removed from the Board under 4(5) or paragraph 9(1) of this schedule; or

      (d)'.

 
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