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

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Mr Quentin Davies
Mr John Taylor
Mr David Wilshire

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Page     6,     line     27     [Clause     9],     at end insert—

    '(aa)   exempting the Chief Constable from the obligation to report to the Board information the disclosure of which, in the opinion of the Secretary of State, would, or would be likely, to prejudice on-going police investigations or operations;'.

   

Mr Secretary Murphy

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Page     6,     line     29     [Clause     9],     leave out from 'to' to end of line 30 and insert 'a special purposes committee.'.

   

Mr David Trimble
Lady Hermon

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Page     6,     line     38     [Clause     9],     leave out 'or (b)' and insert ', (b) or (c)'.


   

Mr David Trimble
Lady Hermon

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Page     7,     line     2     [Clause     9],     at end insert 'or

      (c) information that would, or would be likely to, prejudice the prevention or detection of crime or the apprehension or prosecution of offenders.'.

   

Mr Quentin Davies
Mr John Taylor
Mr David Wilshire

73

Page     7,     line     2     [Clause     9],     at end insert—

    '(c)   information the disclosure of which would, or would be likely to, prejudice on-going police investigations or operations.'.

   

Mr Secretary Murphy

4

Page     7,     line     4     [Clause     9],     leave out from second 'to' to end of line 5 and insert 'a special purposes committee.'.

   

Mr Secretary Murphy

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Page     7,     line     6     [Clause     9],     leave out second 'the' and insert 'a'.

   

Mr Secretary Murphy

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Page     7,     line     7     [Clause     9],     leave out from 'shall' to end of line 10 and insert 'prepare a summary of the information.

    (4F)   The Chief Constable shall try to obtain the agreement of the committee to the terms of the summary.

    (4FA)   If the committee agrees to the terms of the summary, the Chief Constable shall include the summary in the report to the Board.'.

   

Mr Secretary Murphy

7

Page     7,     line     12     [Clause     9],     leave out second 'the' and insert 'a'.

   

Mr David Trimble
Lady Hermon

42

Page     7,     line     32,     leave out Clause 10.

   

Mr Quentin Davies
Mr John Taylor
Mr David Wilshire

74

Page     7,     line     40     [Clause     10],     at end insert—

    '(2A)   The Chief Constable may refer to the Secretary of State the decision of the Board to cause an inquiry held under this section if it appears to the Chief Constable that such an inquiry ought not to be held because it would, or would be likely to, prejudice on-going police investigations or operations.'.


   

Mr David Trimble
Lady Hermon

43

Page     8,     line     7     [Clause     10],     at end insert 'or

      (c) information that would be likely to prejudice the prevention or detection of crime or the apprehension or prosecution of offenders.'.

   

Mr Quentin Davies
Mr John Taylor
Mr David Wilshire

75

Page     8,     line     7     [Clause     10],     at end insert—

    '(c)   information the disclosure of which would, or would be likely to, prejudice on-going police investigations or operations.'.


   

Mr Secretary Murphy

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Page     14,     line     3     [Clause     21],     after '(2),', insert '(2A),'.

   

Mr Quentin Davies
Mr John Taylor
Mr David Wilshire

80

Page     14,     line     11     [Clause     21],     at end insert—

      '(d) the Chief Constable informs the person that, in his opinion, the information would, or would be likely, to prejudice on-going police investigations or operations.'.

   

Mr Secretary Murphy

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Page     14,     line     11     [Clause     21],     at end insert—

    '(2A)   The circumstances are that—

      (a) the information is supplied by the Chief Constable under section 33A to the Board;

      (b) the Chief Constable informs the Board that, in his opinion, the information is information of a kind mentioned in section 33A(5)(a) or (b).'.

   

Mr Secretary Murphy

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Page     14,     line     14     [Clause     21],     leave out '33A or'.

   

Mr Secretary Murphy

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Page     14,     line     14     [Clause     21],     leave out from second 'or' to end of line 15 and insert 'a special purposes committee;'.

   

Mr Secretary Murphy

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Page     14,     line     18     [Clause     21],     leave out 'section 33A(5)(a) or (b) or'.

   

Mr Quentin Davies
Mr John Taylor
Mr David Wilshire

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Page     14,     line     18     [Clause     21],     at end insert—

      '(c) the Chief Constable informs the Board or the Committee under section 33A(6) or 59 (4H) that, in his opinion, the information is information of a kind that would, or would be likely, to prejudice on-going police investigations or operations.'.

   

Mr Secretary Murphy

23

Page     14,     line     22     [Clause     21],     leave out from 'to' to end of line 23 and insert 'a special purposes committee;'.

   

Mr Secretary Murphy

24

Page     14,     line     33     [Clause     21],     leave out from 'Ombudsman' to end of line 34 and insert ', or an officer of the Ombudsman, in connection with any function of the Ombudsman;'.

   

Mr Secretary Murphy

25

Page     14,     line     35     [Clause     21],     leave out from 'to' to end of line 36 and insert 'a special purposes committee;'.

   

Mr Secretary Murphy

26

Page     14,     line     42     [Clause     21],     at end insert '(2A),'.


   

Mr Secretary Murphy

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Page     15,     line     1     [Clause     21],     leave out from 'to' to 'to' in line 2 and insert 'a special purposes committee,'.

   

Mr Secretary Murphy

28

Page     15,     line     7     [Clause     21],     leave out from 'Ombudsman' to end of line 8 and insert ', or an officer of the Ombudsman, in connection with any function of the Ombudsman;'.

   

Mr Quentin Davies
Mr John Taylor
Mr David Wilshire

82

Page     15,     line     15     [Clause 21],     leave out from 'a' to end of line 16 and insert 'term of imprisonment not exceeding three years'.

   

Mr Secretary Murphy

29

Page     15,     line     22     [Clause     21],     after 'Schedule 1', insert '; and "officer of the Ombudsman" has the meaning given by section 50(1) of the 1998 Act'.


   

Mr Quentin Davies
Mr John Taylor
Mr David Wilshire

86

Page     8,     line     25,     leave out Clause 11.

   

Mr David Trimble
Lady Hermon

44

Page     8,     line     36     [Clause     11],     leave out subsection (4).


   

Mr David Trimble
Lady Hermon

45

Page     9,     line     8     [Clause     12],     leave out 'he has' and insert 'the Board and the Secretary of State have'.

   

Mr David Trimble
Lady Hermon

46

Page     9,     line     8     [Clause     12],     leave out from 'he' to end of line 9 and insert 'is of the view that the policy or practice should be considered given that a member of the police service acting in accordance with that policy or practice has committed a criminal offence, or is responsible for conduct that gave rise to disciplinary proceedings.'.

   

Mr David Trimble
Lady Hermon

47

Page     9,     line     14     [Clause     12],     at end insert—

    '(2A)   No investigation under this section shall extend to events or incidences that occurred before the coming into force of this section.'.

   

Mr Secretary Murphy

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Page     9,     line     36     [Clause     12],     leave out ', or information contained in a document,'.


   

Mr Quentin Davies
Mr John Taylor
Mr David Wilshire

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Page     10,     line     10     [Clause     12],     at end insert—

    (c)   information the disclosure of which would, or would be likely to, prejudice on-going police investigations or operations.'.


NEW CLAUSES RELATING TO APPOINTMENTS TO THE POLICE SERVICE OF NORTHERN IRELAND

Appointment of constables with special policing skills

   

Mr Secretary Murphy

NC4

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   The Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000 (c. 32) is amended as set out in subsections (2) to (5).

    (2)   In section 36 (appointments to the Police Service of Northern Ireland) after subsection (3) (training requirements for persons appointed to rank of constable) insert—

      "(4) Subsection (3) does not apply to a person appointed in pursuance of an authorisation under section 47A(1)."

    (3)   After section 47 insert—

          "47A   Appointments to Police Service of Northern Ireland in special circumstances

          (1)   The Board may if requested to do so by the Chief Constable authorise the appointment to the rank of constable in the Police Service of Northern Ireland of a specified number of persons—

          (a) who have a specified policing skill, but

          (b) who have not complied with the requirements in paragraphs (a) and (b) of section 36(3).

          (2)   The Board shall not give an authorisation under subsection (1) in relation to persons who have a particular policing skill unless it is satisfied—

          (a) that the requirements of subsection (3) are met;

          (b) that any further requirements which are specified by it under subsection (4) and which apply in relation to the giving of the authorisation are met.

          (3)   The requirements are—

          (a) that there is a need for more persons who have the policing skill to be appointed to the rank of constable in the Police Service of Northern Ireland;

          (b) that the need cannot be met by the appointment of persons who have complied with the requirements in paragraphs (a) and (b) of section 36(3).

          (4)   The Board may specify further requirements which apply in relation to the giving of an authorisation under subsection (1).

          (5)   Any requirements specified under subsection (4) may apply in relation to the giving of all authorisations under subsection (1) or to the giving of a particular authorisation or description of authorisation.

          (6)   In this section "specified" means specified by the Board."

    (4)   In paragraph 17(4) of Schedule 1 (procedure for Board decisions) for "paragraph 18" substitute "paragraphs 17A and 18".

    (5)   After paragraph 17 of Schedule 1 insert—

       "Authorisations under section 47A(1)

      17A The Board shall not give an authorisation under section 47A(1) unless a proposal to do so has been approved by each member of the Board present and voting on the question at a meeting of the Board."

    (6)   The preceding provisions of this section expire at the end of a period of two years starting on the day on which this Act is passed.

    (7)   The Secretary of State may by order amend subsection (6) by substituting "four years" for "two years".

    (8)   An order under subsection (7) may be made only with the prior authorisation of the Board.

    (9)   The Board shall not give an authorisation under subsection (8) unless a proposal to do so has been approved by each member of the Board present and voting on the question at a meeting of the Board.

    (10)   In paragraph 17(4) of Schedule 1 to the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000 (c.32) (procedure for Board decisions) after "18" insert "and section [Appointment of constables with special policing skills](9) of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2003".

    (11)   An order under subsection (7) may not be made after the end of the period of two years specified in subsection (6).'.

 
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