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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 13th December 2005

 

Standing Committee Proceedings

 

Standing Committee B

 

Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill


 

[fifth and sixth Sittings]


 

Clause 3.

 

Withdrawn

 

Another Amendment (No. 112) proposed, in page 2, line 2, to leave out the word ‘must’

 

and insert the word ‘may’.—(Mr Laurence Robertson.)

 

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.

 


 

Mark Durkan

 

Dr Alasdair McDonnell

 

Not called  200

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  3,  leave out ‘commissioner’ and insert ‘commissioners’.

 

Lady Hermon

 

Negatived on division  249

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  leave out line 4.

 

Lady Hermon

 

Not called  167

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  4,  leave out ‘applicant’ and insert ‘application’.

 

Mark Durkan

 

Dr Alasdair McDonnell

 

Not called  201

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  5,  leave out ‘commissioner’ and insert ‘commissioners’.

 

Mark Durkan

 

Dr Alasdair McDonnell

 

Not called  202

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  5,  leave out ‘him’ and insert ‘them’.


 
 

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Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill, continued

 
 

Mark Durkan

 

Dr Alasdair McDonnell

 

Negatived on division  181

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  6,  at end insert ‘and

 

(c)    

the application is received by the commissioner within six months of the

 

entry into force of this section’.

 

Mark Durkan

 

Dr Alasdair McDonnell

 

Not called  203

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  7,  leave out ‘commissioner’ and insert ‘commissioners’.

 

Lady Hermon

 

Not called  168

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  8,  leave out subsection (2) and insert—

 

‘(2)    

An application may be made within a period of 12 months following the coming

 

into force of this Act for a certificate of eligibility for offences to which this Act

 

applies in respect of which the applicant has not been charged and acquitted or

 

has not been convicted and served the sentence imposed in respect thereof.’.

 

Lady Hermon

 

Not called  250

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  8,  leave out subsection (2).

 

Mr Peter Robinson

 

Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson

 

Sammy Wilson

 

Not selected  2

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  11,  leave out ‘members of that’ and insert ‘the’.

 

Mr Peter Robinson

 

Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson

 

Sammy Wilson

 

Not selected  46

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  11,  leave out ‘have, and have’ and insert ‘has, and has’.

 

Mr Laurence Robertson

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Ben Wallace

 

Mr Tobias Ellwood

 

Mr Jeremy Hunt

 

Not moved  113

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  11,  leave out ‘, and have had since before 1st November

 

2005,’.

 

Lady Hermon

 

Not called  232

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  11,  leave out ‘1st November 2005’ and insert ‘10th April

 

2004’.


 
 

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Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Peter Robinson

 

Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson

 

Sammy Wilson

 

Not called  3

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  17,  at end insert ‘and

 

(iii)    

that the applicant has not been involved in the commission,

 

preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism since 10th April

 

1998.’.

 

Mr Peter Robinson

 

Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson

 

Sammy Wilson

 

Lady Hermon

 

Not called  4

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  18,  leave out paragraph (b).

 

Mark Durkan

 

Dr Alasdair McDonnell

 

Negatived  182

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  19,  after ‘it’, insert ‘and the applicant would have been

 

convicted or acquitted but for the fact that he is believed by the commissioner to be

 

outside the United Kingdom.’.

 

Mr Peter Robinson

 

Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson

 

Sammy Wilson

 

Lady Hermon

 

Not called  5

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  20,  leave out paragraph (c).

 

Mark Durkan

 

Dr Alasdair McDonnell

 

Not called  183

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  21,  at end insert ‘because he is believed by the commissioner

 

to be outside the United Kingdom, or’.

 

Mark Durkan

 

Dr Alasdair McDonnell

 

Not called  184

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  leave out lines 22 and 23.

 

Mark Durkan

 

Dr Alasdair McDonnell

 

Withdrawn  244

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  23,  leave out from ‘it’ to end of line 24 and insert—

 

‘(d)    

he gives in his application what the commissioner believes to be a full

 

and truthful confession to his involvement in an offence to which this Act

 

applies.’.

 

Mark Durkan

 

Dr Alasdair McDonnell

 

Not called  185

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  leave out line 24 and insert—


 
 

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‘( )    

has been sentenced but is believed by the commissioner to be unlawfully

 

outside the United Kingdom during the currency of such a sentence.’.

 

Lady Hermon

 

Negatived  233

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  26,  after ‘that’, insert ‘in the opinion of a senior police

 

officer’.

 

Mr Peter Robinson

 

Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson

 

Sammy Wilson

 

Negatived on division  6

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  26,  leave out ‘does not support’ and insert ‘has not at any

 

time supported an organisation which is currently’.

 

Mr Laurence Robertson

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Ben Wallace

 

Mr Tobias Ellwood

 

Mr Jeremy Hunt

 

Negatived on division  114

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  26,  leave out ‘a specified organisation’ and insert ‘an

 

organisation which is proscribed under Schedule 2 of the Terrorism Act 2000’.

 

Lembit Öpik

 

Lorely Burt

 

Not called  49

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

‘(aa)    

that that Commission established under section 7 of the Northern Ireland

 

Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (the commission) has reported that

 

any organisation with which the applicant was associated has completed

 

the decommissioning of its weapons and all other terrorist property;’.

 

Mr Peter Robinson

 

Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson

 

Sammy Wilson

 

Not called  7

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  27,  after ‘that’, insert ‘, in the view of the Police Service of

 

Northern Ireland,’.

 

Lady Hermon

 

Not selected  234

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  27,  after ‘or’, insert ‘a risk that he is’.

 

Lembit Öpik

 

Lorely Burt

 

Not called  50

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  28,  at end insert ‘, or any other serious crime,’.

 

Lady Hermon

 

Not called  235

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  28,  at end insert ‘or any other “specified offences” as set out

 

in Schedule 15 to the Criminal Justice Act 2003’.


 
 

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Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Peter Robinson

 

Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson

 

Sammy Wilson

 

Not called  8

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  32,  leave out ‘for a term of five years or more’.

 

Mr Peter Robinson

 

Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson

 

Sammy Wilson

 

Not called  9

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  36,  at end insert—

 

‘(e)    

that the Police Service of Northern Ireland believes that he will not pose

 

a danger to the public.’.

 

Mr Peter Robinson

 

Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson

 

Sammy Wilson

 

Negatived on division  10

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  36,  at end insert—

 

‘(e)    

that the applicant has not at any time supported an organisation which

 

currently causes, by threat against a person or persons, such person or

 

persons to leave Northern Ireland or to be in fear of returning to Northern

 

Ireland.’.

 

Mr Peter Robinson

 

Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson

 

Sammy Wilson

 

Not called  11

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  36,  at end insert—

 

‘(e)    

that the applicant has not at any time supported an organisation which has

 

been involved in any paramilitary, criminal or illegal activity since 1st

 

December 2005.’.

 

Mr Peter Robinson

 

Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson

 

Sammy Wilson

 

Negatived on division  12

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  36,  at end insert—

 

‘(e)    

that the applicant is not suspected of, or charged with or convicted of, an

 

offence under section 134 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (c. 33)

 

(torture).’.

 

Mr Peter Robinson

 

Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson

 

Sammy Wilson

 

Negatived on division  13

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  36,  at end insert—

 

‘(e)    

that the applicant has not at any time supported an organisation which the

 

Independent Monitoring Commission cannot certify is maintaining a

 

complete cessation of paramilitary and criminal activity.’.


 
 

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Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill, continued

 
 

Lembit Öpik

 

Lorely Burt

 

Not called  51

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  36,  at end insert—

 

‘(e)    

that the Independent Monitoring Commission has stated in at least its two

 

most recent reports that any organisation with which he was associated

 

has not engaged in any serious criminal activity.’.

 

Lembit Öpik

 

Lorely Burt

 

Not called  52

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  36,  at end insert—

 

‘(e)    

that the Victim Impact Assessment Panel has reported to the

 

Commissioner that the issuing of a certificate to the applicant will not

 

cause long-term alarm or distress to the victims of the offences specified

 

in the application.’.

 

Lembit Öpik

 

Lorely Burt

 

Not called  54

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  36,  at end insert—

 

‘(e)    

that the Independent Monitoring Commission has stated in at least its two

 

most recent reports that any organisation with which he was associated

 

has—

 

(i)    

ceased the practice of exiling; and

 

(ii)    

specifically and credibly stated that those who have been exiled

 

from their homes are free to return without fear of intimidation,

 

harassment, alarm or distress to themselves or their family.’.

 

Mr Laurence Robertson

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Ben Wallace

 

Mr Tobias Ellwood

 

Mr Jeremy Hunt

 

Negatived on division  115

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  36,  at end insert—

 

‘(e)    

that the applicant would not, in the opinion of a senior member of the

 

Police Service of Northern Ireland, be a danger to the public;

 

(f)    

that the applicant has not been engaged, or is likely to be engaged, in the

 

indirect incitement or glorification of acts of terrorism;

 

(g)    

that the applicant is not concerned or likely to be concerned in any acts

 

of criminality.’.

 

Lady Hermon

 

Not called  169

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  36,  at end insert—

 

‘(e)    

that the applicant in his application has disclosed all the offences

 

committed by him to which this Act applies.’.

 

Lembit Öpik

 

Lorely Burt

 

Not called  48

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  36,  at end insert—


 
 

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Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill, continued

 
 

‘(3A)    

In making an application under subsection (1), the applicant must state—

 

(a)    

all offences he wishes to have considered under the provisions of this

 

Act;

 

(b)    

the names of any organisations with which he was associated in the

 

commission of those offences; and

 

(c)    

that he does not support any organisation that is proscribed under the

 

Terrorism Act 2000 nor supports any acts of terrorism connected with the

 

affairs of Northern Ireland.’.

 

Lady Hermon

 

Not called  251

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  37,  leave out subsections (4) to (7).

 

Lady Hermon

 

Not called  170

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  leave out line 41.

 

Lembit Öpik

 

Lorely Burt

 

Not called  55

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  48,  at end insert—

 

‘(d)    

the names of any organisations stated under subsection (3A)’.

 

Mark Durkan

 

Dr Alasdair McDonnell

 

Not called  188

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  48,  at end insert—

 

‘(d)    

where paragraph (d) of subsection (2) applies, the conduct identified

 

under subsection (6A).’.

 

Mark Durkan

 

Dr Alasdair McDonnell

 

Not called  238

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  48,  at end insert—

 

‘(6A)    

Where paragraph (d) of subsection (2) applies, the commissioner must identify,

 

so far as possible by date and place, the conduct constituting each relevant

 

offence.

 

(6B)    

In subsection (6A) “relevant offence” means an offence other than an offence

 

with which the applicant has been charged or of which he has been convicted, to

 

which the certification commissioner believes he gave a full and truthful

 

confession as mentioned in subsection (2)(d).’.

 

Mark Durkan

 

Dr Alisdair McDonnell

 

Not called  257

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  5,  leave out ‘or’.

 

Mark Durkan

 

Dr Alisdair McDonnell

 

Not called  258

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  6,  at end insert ‘or

 

(d)    

an offence to which this Act applies constituted by conduct specified

 

under subsection 6(d).’.


 
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