Select Committee on Northern Ireland Affairs Fourth Report



Members present:

Mr Michael Mates, in the Chair

Mr Adrian BaileyMr Peter Robinson
Mr Tony ClarkeRev Martin Smyth
Mr Stephen McCabe

The Committee deliberated.

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Draft Report (The Control of Firearms in Northern Ireland and the draft Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 2002), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

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

Paragraphs 1 to 21 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 22 read, as follows:

 "We accept that a general ban on handguns is not appropriate given the current political environment in Northern Ireland. Nonetheless, we believe that there are persuasive arguments for seeking a general prohibition, leaving scope for allowing personal protection weapons if necessary, when circumstances change. The situation should continue to be kept under review."

Amendment proposed, in line 1, to leave out from the word "appropriate" to the end of the paragraph.—(Mr Peter Robinson.)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 2Noes, 3
Rev. Martin SmythMr Adrian Bailey
Mr Peter RobinsonMr Tony Clarke
Mr Stephen McCabe

Paragraph agreed to.

Paragraphs 23 to 131 read and agreed to.

Annexes 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.

Ordered, That the provisions of Standing Order No. 134 (Select Committees (reports)) be applied to the Report.---(The 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.)

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[Adjourned till Wednesday 5 February at a quarter past Four o'clock.

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