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WEDNESDAY 13 DECEMBER 2000

Members present:

Mr Peter Brooke, in the Chair

Mr Harry Barnes
Mr Roy Beggs
Mr Tony Clarke
Mr John Grogan
Mr Andrew Hunter
Mr Stephen McCabe
Mr Stephen Pound
Mr William Thompson

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do visit Northern Ireland on 6-7 February and on 21 March.— (The Chairman.)

The Committee further deliberated.

Relocation following Paramilitary Intimidation: Assistant Chief Constable Alan McQuillan, OBE, Royal Ulster Constabulary, was examined.

[Adjourned to Wednesday 20 December
   at a quarter to Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 20 DECEMBER 2000

Members present:

Mr Peter Brooke, in the Chair

Mr Harry Barnes
Mr Roy Beggs
Mr Tony Clarke
Mr John Grogan
Mr Andrew Hunter
Mr Stephen McCabe
Mr Stephen Pound
Mr William Thompson

The Committee deliberated.

Relocation following Paramilitary Intimidation: Ms Olwen Lyner, Acting Chief Executive, and Mr Pat Conway, Director of Development and Communication, Northern Ireland Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 10 January at a quarter to Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 10 JANUARY 2001

Members present:

Mr Peter Brooke, in the Chair

Mr Harry Barnes
Mr Roy Beggs
Mr Colin Burgon
Mr Tony Clarke
Mr Stephen McCabe
Mr Eddie McGrady
Mr Stephen Pound
Mr William Thompson

The Committee deliberated.

Ordered, That the Chairman do propose to the Liaison Committee that the Committee's Second Report, Session 1997-98, on Electoral Malpractice in Northern Ireland, and the relevant Government responses, be debated by the House in Westminster Hall.—(The Chairman.)

The Committee further deliberated.

The Parades Commission: Assistant Chief Constable Alan McQuillan, OBE, and Inspector Bob McGarry, Parades Commission Liaison Officer, Royal Ulster Constabulary, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 17 January at a quarter to Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 17 JANUARY 2001

Members present:

Mr Peter Brooke, in the Chair

Mr Harry Barnes
Mr Roy Beggs
Mr Tony Clarke
Mr John Grogan
Mr Andrew Hunter
Mr Stephen McCabe
Mr Stephen Pound
Mr Peter Robinson
Mr William Thompson

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report (Annual Report for Session 1999-2000), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

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

Paragraphs 1 to 31 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the First Special 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)) be applied to the Report.

Several Papers were ordered to be appended to the Report.

Ordered, That the Appendices to the Report be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)
The Committee further deliberated.

The Parades Commission: Mr David Watkins, Director of Policing and Security, Mrs Mary Madden, Head of Security Policy and Operations Department, and Mr Ian Kerr, Security Policy and Operations Department, Northern Ireland Office, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 31 January at
   a quarter to Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 31 JANUARY 2001

Members present:

Mr Peter Brooke, in the Chair

Mr Harry Barnes
Mr Roy Beggs
Mr Tony Clarke
Mr John Grogan
Mr Andrew Hunter
Mr Stephen Pound
Mr Peter Robinson

The Committee deliberated.

The Parades Commission: Mr Brendan McAllister, Director, and Mr Joe Campbell, Assistant Director, The Mediation Network for Northern Ireland, were examined.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 6 February at quarter to Two o'clock
   at Castle Buildings, Stormont, Belfast.

TUESDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2001

[The Committee met at Castle Buildings, Stormont, Belfast]

Members present:

Mr Peter Brooke, in the Chair

Mr Harry Barnes
Mr Roy Beggs
Mr Tony Clarke
Mr John Grogan
Mr Andrew Hunter
Mr William Thompson

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee takes note of the draft of the proposed Financial Investigations (Northern Ireland) Order 2001, laid before the House on 21st November 2000, in the last Session of Parliament; and recommends that it be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee for its consideration.—(The Chairman.)

Ordered, That the Clerk do send a copy of the foregoing Resolution to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

The Parades Commission: The Rt Hon David Trimble, MLA, a Member of the House, and Mr David Campbell, Chief of Staff, were examined.

The Parades Commission: Mr Charles Lamberton, Chairperson, Mr Donncha MacNiallais, Spokesman, and Mr Robin Percival, Secretary, Bogside Residents Group, were examined.

The Parades Commission: Mr Nigel Dawson, District Secretary, Mr David Burrows, Deputy District Master, and Mr Richard Monteith, LLB, Legal Adviser, Portadown Loyal Orange Lodge No 1, were examined.

[Adjourned till tomorrow at a quarter to Nine o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 7 FEBRUARY 2001

[The Committee met at Castle Buildings, Stormont, Belfast]

Members present:

Mr Peter Brooke, in the Chair

Mr Harry Barnes
Mr Roy Beggs
Mr Tony Clarke
Mr John Grogan
Mr Andrew Hunter
Mr William Thompson

The Committee deliberated.

Mr Harry Barnes declared a non-pecuniary interest in relation to the inquiry into relocation following paramilitary intimidation as a President of New Dialogue.

Relocation following Paramilitary Intimidation: Professor Liam Kennedy, Professor of Economic History, The Queen's University of Belfast, was examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 14 February at
   a quarter to Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2001

Members present:

Mr Peter Brooke, in the Chair

Mr Harry Barnes
Mr Roy Beggs
Mr Tony Clarke
Mr John Grogan
Mr Andrew Hunter
Mr Stephen McCabe
Mr Eddie McGrady
Dr Nick Palmer
Mr Stephen Pound
Mr William Thompson

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report (The Northern Ireland Prison Service), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

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

Paragraphs 1 to 44 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the First 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)) be applied to the Report.

The Committee further deliberated.

Miss Margaret O'Mara, Associate Director, Policing and Security, Mr Stephen Leach, Director, Criminal Justice, and Mr William Stevenson, Head of the Victims Liaison Unit, Northern Ireland Office, and Mr Frank Brannigan, Acting Chief Executive, Compensation Agency, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 28 February
   at a quarter past Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2001

Members present:

Mr Peter Brooke, in the Chair

Mr Harry Barnes
Mr Roy Beggs
Mr Colin Burgon
Mr Tony Clarke
Mr Andrew Hunter
Mr Stephen McCabe
Dr Nick Palmer
Mr Stephen Pound
Mr William Thompson

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee takes note of the draft of the proposed Life Sentences (Northern Ireland) Order 2001, laid before the House on 15th January; and recommends that it be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee for its consideration.—(The Chairman.)
Ordered, That the Clerk do send a copy of the foregoing Resolution to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

The Parades Commission: Mr Tony Holland, Chairman of the Parades Commission, was further examined. Mr John Cousins, the Reverend Roy Magee, Mr Billy Martin, Mr Peter Osborne and Sir John Pringle, members of the Parades Commission, were examined.

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 7 March at Ten o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 7 MARCH 2001

Members present:

Mr Peter Brooke, in the Chair

Mr Harry Barnes
Mr Roy Beggs
Mr John Grogan
Mr Stephen McCabe
Dr Nick Palmer
Mr Stephen Pound
Mr Peter Robinson
Mr William Thompson

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Resolution [13 December 2000] relating to visits to Northern Ireland be amended by leaving out the words 'and on 21 March'.—(The Chairman.)

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 14 March at a quarter to Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 14 MARCH 2001

Members present:

Mr Peter Brooke, in the Chair

Mr Harry Barnes
Mr Roy Beggs
Mr Stephen McCabe
Mr Eddie McGrady
Mr Peter Robinson
Mr William Thompson

The Committee deliberated.

Ordered, That at this day's sitting, the witnesses be examined in private.—(The Chairman.)

The Parades Commission: The Rt Hon Adam Ingram, JP, a Member of the House, Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office, was examined. Mr David Watkins, Director of Policing and Security, Northern Ireland Office, was further examined.
The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 21 March at
   a quarter to Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 21 MARCH 2001

Members present:

Mr Peter Brooke, in the Chair

Mr Harry Barnes
Mr Roy Beggs
Mr John Grogan
Dr Nick Palmer
Mr Stephen Pound
Mr William Thompson

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 28 March at
   a quarter to Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 28 MARCH 2001

Members present:

Mr Peter Brooke, in the Chair

Mr Harry Barnes
Mr Roy Beggs
Mr Tony Clarke
Mr John Grogan
Mr Eddie McGrady
Dr Nick Palmer
Mr Peter Robinson
Mr William Thompson

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report (The Parades Commission), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

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

Paragraph 1 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 2 to 67 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 68 read.

Question put, That the paragraph stand part of the Report.
The Committee divided.

Ayes, 4Noes, 3
Mr Harry BarnesMr Roy Beggs
Mr Tony ClarkeMr Peter Robinson
Mr Eddie McGradyMr William Thompson
Dr Nick Palmer

Paragraphs 69 to 118 read and agreed to.

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)) be applied to the Report.

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

Ordered, That part of the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on 14 March, and 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.

The Committee further deliberated.

Draft Report (Relocation following Paramilitary Intimidation), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

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

Paragraphs 1 to 58 read and agreed to.

Annex agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Third 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)) 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.

Resolved, That the Committee do visit Belfast on 11 April.—(The Chairman.)

[Adjourned till Wednesday 25 April at
   a quarter to Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 25 APRIL 2001

Members present:

Mr Peter Brooke, in the Chair

Mr Harry Barnes
Mr Roy Beggs
Mr Tony Clarke
Mr Andrew Hunter
Mr Stephen McCabe
Mr Eddie McGrady
Mr Stephen Pound
Mr Peter Robinson

Draft Special Report (Government Response to the First Report of the Committee, Session 2000–01 (HC 263) "The Northern Ireland Prison Service"), proposed by the Chairman, brought up, read the first and second time, and agreed to.

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

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

A Paper was ordered to be appended to the Report.

Ordered, That the Appendix to the Report be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)

The Committee deliberated.

Legal Aid in Northern Ireland: Lord Bach, a Member of the House of Lords, Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Glenn Thompson, Director General, Northern Ireland Court Service, and Mr Alan Hunter, Director of Legal Aid, Northern Ireland Court Service, Lord Chancellor's Department, were examined.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 2 May
   at a quarter to Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 2 MAY 2001

Members present:

Mr Peter Brooke, in the Chair

Mr Harry Barnes
Mr Roy Beggs
Mr Tony Clarke
Mr Andrew Hunter
Mr Stephen Pound

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report (Legal Aid in Northern Ireland), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

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

Paragraphs 1 to 44 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Fourth Report of the Committee to the House.

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

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.

The Committee further deliberated.

Draft Report (Miscellaneous Financial Matters and the Government's Response to the Committee's Third Report, Session 1999-2000), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

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

Paragraphs 1 to 33 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Fifth Report of the Committee to the House.

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

Several Papers ordered to be appended to the Report.

Ordered, That the Appendices to the Report be reported to the House.—(Chairman.)

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.)

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 9 May at
   a quarter to Four o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 9 MAY 2001

Members present:

Mr Peter Brooke, in the Chair

Mr Harry Barnes
Mr Roy Beggs
Mr Tony Clarke
Mr John Grogan
Mr Andrew Hunter
Mr Stephen McCabe
Mr Eddie McGrady
Mr Stephen Pound
Mr William Thompson

Draft Special Report (Response of the Northern Ireland Executive to the Fourth and Fifth Reports of Session 1999-2000), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

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

Paragraphs 1 and 2 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Third Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.
A Paper was ordered to be appended to the Report.

Ordered, That the Appendix to the Report be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)

Draft Report (Government Response to the Committee's First Special Report, Session 2000-01, and the Work of the Committee in Session 2000-01), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

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

Paragraphs 1 to 12 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Fourth Special Report of the Committee to the House.

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

A Paper was ordered to be appended to the Report.

Ordered, That the Appendix to the Report be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report (The Parades Commission - Supplementary Report), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

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

Paragraphs 1 to 3 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Sixth Report of the Committee to the House.

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

A Paper was ordered to be appended to the Report.

Ordered, That the Appendix to the Report be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)

Ordered, That a further Paper be appended to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on the Parades Commission.—(The Chairman.)

Ordered, That a further Paper be appended to the Fourth Special Report of the Committee to the House.—(The Chairman.)

Ordered, That the further Papers appended to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee on the Parades Commission and to the Fourth Special Report of the Committee to the House be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)

Other Papers were ordered to be reported to the House.

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 16 May
   at a quarter to Four o'clock.


 
 
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