Amendments proposed to the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill, As Amended - continued House of Commons

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     As an Amendment to Mr Secretary Mandelson's proposed New Schedule (NS1) (The Commissioner):

   

Mr John Hume
Mr Seamus Mallon
Mr Eddie McGrady

(a)

Line     23,     leave out paragraph 2.


   

Mr Secretary Mandelson

213

Page     37,     line     27     [Schedule     1],     leave out 'the number' and insert 'either or both of the numbers'.

   

Mr John McDonnell
Mr Jeremy Corbyn

6

Page     37,     line     30     [Schedule     1],     leave out 'as far as is practicable'.

   

Mr John McDonnell
Mr Jeremy Corbyn

8

Page     37,     line     33     [Schedule     1],     after 'consult', insert 'for a period not longer than three months'.

   

Mr John McDonnell
Mr Jeremy Corbyn

7

Page     37,     line     38     [Schedule     1],     leave out sub-paragraph (6).


   

Mr Secretary Mandelson

214

Page     38,     line     3     [Schedule     1],     leave out 'member of the police force' and insert 'police officer'.

   

Mr John McDonnell
Mr Jeremy Corbyn

9

Page     38,     line     6     [Schedule     1],     leave out sub-paragraph (9) and insert—

    '(9) The members of the board shall, at their first meeting, elect a chair and a vice-chair; the appointments will not be confirmed unless the First and Deputy First Ministers agree to them; the Board shall ensure that—

      (a) the offices of chair and vice-chair are at all times held by members of different political parties;

      (b) a person is appointed to the office of chair and vice-chair for a term of 12 months at a time or, where that period is shorter than 12 months, for a period ending with the date of the next Assembly elections, and

      (c) the office of chair is held by each of the four largest parties represented in the Assembly after the last assembly election.'.

   

Mr Secretary Mandelson

215

Page     38,     line     23     [Schedule     1],     at end insert—

      '( ) before his appointment he failed to disclose to the Secretary of State his conviction of a criminal offence in Northern Ireland or elsewhere;'.

   

Mr Secretary Mandelson

216

Page     38,     line     24     [Schedule     1],     after 'offence' insert 'committed after the date of his appointment'.

   

Mr John McDonnell
Mr Jeremy Corbyn

10

Page     38,     line     27     [Schedule     1],     leave out sub-paragraph (c).


   

Mr John McDonnell
Mr Jeremy Corbyn

11

Page     40,     line     45     [Schedule     1],     after 'consult', insert for a period not longer than three months'.


   

Mr Andrew MacKay
Mr John M. Taylor
Mr Dominic Grieve

303

Page     41,     line     25     [Schedule 1],     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 McDonnell
Mr Jeremy Corbyn

12

Page     41,     line     26     [Schedule     1],     leave out sub-paragraph (c).

   

Mr Andrew MacKay
Mr John M. Taylor
Mr Dominic Grieve

304

Page     41,     line     29     [Schedule 1],     at end insert—

      '( ) 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;

      ( ) 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 Secretary Mandelson

217

Page     41,     line     42     [Schedule     1],     leave out 'member of the police force' and insert 'police officer'.

   

Mr John McDonnell
Mr Jeremy Corbyn

13

Page     41,     line     44     [Schedule     1],     leave out sub-paragraph (c).

   

Mr Andrew MacKay
Mr John M. Taylor
Mr Dominic Grieve

305

Page     41,     line     45     [Schedule 1],     at end add—

      '(d) he has at any time been convicted of a scheduled offence under the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1973, the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1978, the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1991, the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1996 or Part VII of the Terrorism Act;

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

      (f) the political party of which he is a member is linked to 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 Secretary Mandelson

218

Page     43,     line     41     [Schedule     1],     leave out '12' and insert '—

      (a) 12, if the Board consists of 19 members;

      (b) 11, if it consists of 16, 17 or 18 members;

      (c) 10, if it consists of less than 16 members.

    ( ) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (2) any vacancy in the membership of the Board is to be disregarded.'.


   

Mr Secretary Mandelson

219

Page     44,     line     1     [Schedule     1],     leave out sub-paragraph (4).

   

Mr John Hume
Mr Seamus Mallon
Mr Eddie McGrady

322

Page     44,     line     5     [Schedule 1],     leave out '12' and insert '8'.

   

Mr Secretary Mandelson

220

Page     44,     line     16     [Schedule     1],     at end insert—

'Inquiries under section 57

    .—(1) Sub-paragraph (2) applies if—

      (a) the Board is considering—

          (i) causing an inquiry to be held under section 57;

          (ii) making a request under section 57(6); or

          (iii) appointing a person under section 57(9); and

      (b) at least three members of the Board have made a written request to the chairman, asking him to call a meeting of the Board to consider the matter.

    (2) The chairman shall, no later than three working days after the day on which he receives the request, call such a meeting.

    (3) The meeting shall be held no earlier than six, and no later than twenty-one, working days after that day.

    (4) The chairman shall notify each member of the Board of the date and purpose of the meeting.

    (5) The Board shall not take any of the steps mentioned in sub-paragraph (1)(a) unless a proposal to that effect has been approved by the required number of members of the Board present and voting on the proposal.

    (6) The required number of members is—

      (a) 10, if the Board consists of 18 or 19 members;

      (b) 9, if it consists of 16 or 17 members;

      (c) 8, if it consists of less than 16 members.

    (7) For the purposes of sub-paragraph (6) any vacancy in the membership of the Board is to be disregarded.'.


   

Mr Secretary Mandelson

221

Page     47,     line     7     [Schedule     2],     leave out 'service'.


   

Mr John McDonnell

Mr Jeremy Corbyn

19

Page     48,     line     29     [Schedule     3],     after 'power', insert 'within 6 months of the commencement of this Act'.


   

Mr John McDonnell

Mr Jeremy Corbyn

20

Page     49,     line     3     [Schedule     3],     after 'council', insert 'within one month of receipt of the nominations'.

   

Mr John McDonnell

Mr Jeremy Corbyn

21

Page     49,     line     18     [Schedule     3],     at end add ' ; before making such appointments the Council shall satisfy itself that it has taken all reasonable steps to make the district community aware that nominations are due to be made, that it has invited applications from that community and that, following thorough consideration of all applications, that the persons nominated, so far as is practicable, reflect that community.'.


   

Mr Andrew MacKay
Mr John M. Taylor
Mr Dominic Grieve

306

Page     50,     line     10     [Schedule 3],     at end insert—

    '(2A) The Board or the council, with the approval of the Board, shall remove a person from office as a political or independent member of a DPP if satisfied that—

      (a) he is not committed to non-violence and exclusively peaceful and democratic means;

      (b) the political party of which he is a member 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 Secretary Mandelson

222

Page     50,     line     20     [Schedule     3],     leave out 'member of the police force' and insert 'police officer'.

   

Mr Andrew MacKay
Mr John M. Taylor
Mr Dominic Grieve

307

Page     50,     line     24     [Schedule 3],     leave out 'an independent' and insert 'a'.


 
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