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Amendment Paper as at
Wednesday 19th April 2006

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE


New Amendments handed in are marked thus *

NORTHERN IRELAND (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) BILL


(Clauses 1 to 7, 10 to 12, 19 to 22, Schedule 2, any new Clauses, other than any new Clauses relating to Part 2 or 4 of the Bill and any new Schedules, other than any new Schedules relating to Part 2 or 4 of the Bill)

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (Programme) (No. 2).

   

Lady Hermon

23

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     5,     leave out subsection (1).

   

Lady Hermon

24

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     13,     leave out subsection (2).

   

Lembit Öpik
Mr Alan Reid

1

Page     1,     line     4,     leave out Clause 1.


   

Lady Hermon

25

Page     2,     line     8,     leave out Clause 2.


   

Lady Hermon

26

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     24,     leave out from '2010' to end of line 26.

   

Lembit Öpik
Mr Alan Reid

2

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     27,     leave out 'tenth' and insert 'fourth'.

   

Mr Laurence Robertson

11

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     27,     leave out 'tenth' and insert 'fifth'.

   

Mr Laurence Robertson

13

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     37,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   For the purposes of subsection (2) the "public interest" is the requirement to meet the "relevant registration objectives" as set out in section 4.'.

   

Lady Hermon

27

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     37,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   When considering a recommendation from the Chief Electoral Officer under subsection (2)(a) above, the Secretary of State must have particular regard to prevention of electoral fraud with a presumption that prevention of electoral fraud is in the public interest.'.

   

Mr Laurence Robertson

12

Clause     3,     page     2,     leave out lines 38 and 39.

   

Mr Laurence Robertson

14

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     1,     after '2010', insert 'and'.

   

Lembit Öpik
Mr Alan Reid

3

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     1,     leave out 'tenth' and insert 'fourth'.

   

Mr Laurence Robertson
Lady Hermon

15

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     1,     leave out 'tenth' and insert 'fifth'.

   

Mr Laurence Robertson

16

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     2,     leave out from '2010' to end of line 3.

   

Mr Laurence Robertson

17

Clause     3,     page     3,     line     12,     at end insert—

    '(5A)   For the purposes of subsection (5) the "public interest" is the requirement to meet the "relevant registration objectives" as set out in section 4.'.


   

Lembit Öpik
Mr Alan Reid

4

Clause     6,     page     5,     leave out lines 17 to 24.


NEW CLAUSES RELATING TO PART 1

Anonymous registration

   

Lembit Öpik
Mr Alan Reid

NC1

To move the following Clause:—

    'In section 73 of the Electoral Administration Act 2006, in subsection (2)(a) leave out "10".'.


Maintenance of the registers: Northern Ireland

   

Lembit Öpik
Mr Alan Reid

NC2

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   The 1983 Act is amended as follows.

    (2)   After section10A there is inserted—

          "10ZA    Maintenance of registers: Northern Ireland

          (1)   The Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland must confirm annually the details of every voter registered in every household in Northern Ireland.

          (2)   The form to be used for the purposes of subsection (1) above shall be prescribed by the Secretary of State by order, but shall include—

          (a) the details of all such persons registered in that household;

          (b) the ability for every voter to confirm their details by provision of their signature; and

          (c) the ability to amend the recorded information by requesting the removal of a person from the register or requesting an individual registration form to be sent to that particular address to allow another voter to be added to the register.".'.


   

Lady Hermon

28

Clause     10,     page     8,     line     32,     after 'order', insert 'made by statutory instrument'.

   

Lady Hermon

29

Clause     10,     page     8,     line     36,     at end insert—

    '(1A)   After subsection (2) of that section insert—

          "(2A)   No order is to be made under subsection (2) above unless a draft of the instrument containing the order has been laid before and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.".'.

   

Mr Secretary Hain
Lembit Öpik
Mr Alan Reid

5

Page     8,     line     29,     leave out Clause 10.


   

Mr Secretary Hain
Lembit Öpik
Mr Alan Reid

6

Page     9,     line     1,     leave out Clause 11.


   

Mr Secretary Hain
Lembit Öpik
Mr Alan Reid

7

Page     9,     line     13,     leave out Clause 12.


   

Lady Hermon

30

Clause     19,     page     13,     line     41,     leave out 'and justice'.

   

Mr Laurence Robertson

18

Clause     19,     page     14,     line     4,     at end insert—

    '( )   The Act may provide for the department to be in the charge of the First and Deputy First Minister acting jointly.'.

   

Mr Laurence Robertson

19

Clause     19,     page     14,     line     5,     at end insert—

      '(aa) for the department to be in the charge of the First and Deputy First Minister supported by junior Ministers;'.

   

Lady Hermon

31

Clause     19,     page     14,     line     12,     at end insert—

    '(4A)   No person shall be appointed as Minister or Junior Minister of a Department to exercise functions consisting wholly or mainly of devolved policing and justice functions pursuant to this section if he has—

      (a) been convicted of a criminal offence and had a sentence of imprisonment imposed whether suspended or not; or

      (b) failed to make a declaration to the Assembly of unequivocal support for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (incorporating the Royal Ulster Constabulary).'.

   

Lembit Öpik
Mr Alan Reid

8

Clause     19,     page     14,     line     24,     at end insert—

    '(8)   The Secretary of State shall not lay an Order under section 4(2) in relation to any matter which is specified in any of paragraphs 9 to 12, 14A and 15A and 17 of Schedule 3 unless—

      (a) a period of two years has passed since a restoration order was made under section 2(2) of the Northern Ireland Act 2000; and

      (b) he is satisfied that the Assembly is stable and secure.'.


   

Lembit Öpik
Mr Alan Reid

9

Schedule     2,     page     25,     line     34,     leave out from 'passed' to end of line 38 and insert 'with cross-community support.'.

   

Mr Laurence Robertson

21

Schedule     2,     page     26,     line     9,     after 'until', insert '—

                    (i)'.

   

Mr Laurence Robertson

22

Schedule     2,     page     26,     line     10,     at end insert—

                '(ii)   has made a declaration before the Assembly supporting the Police Service of Northern Ireland and pledging to uphold the rule of law; and'.

   

Lembit Öpik
Mr Alan Reid

10

Schedule     2,     page     28,     line     29,     leave out from 'passed' to end of line 33 and insert 'with cross-community support.'.


   

Lady Hermon

32

Clause     21,     page     15,     line     25,     at end add—

    '(4A)   No recommendation shall be made to Her Majesty to make an order under this section unless the Assembly has passed with cross-community support a resolution praying that the relevant function be transferred to a Minister or a Northern Ireland Department.'.

   

Lady Hermon

33

Page     15,     line     26,     leave out Clause 22.


NEW CLAUSES RELATING TO PART 5

Police Service Northern Ireland 50-50 recruitment policy

   

The Reverend Ian Paisley
Mr Peter Robinson
Mr Nigel Dodds

NC6

To move the following Clause:—

    'The following provisions of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000 (c. 32) are repealed—

      (a) subsections (5), (6) and (7) of subsection 44 (pools of applicants);

      (b) section 46 (discrimination in appointments); and

      (c) subsection (1)(a), (b), (c) and (e) of section 47 (temporary provisions).'.


Repeal of temporary provisions about quotas, etc

   

Lady Hermon

NC7

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   The following provisions of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000 (c. 32) are repealed—

      (a) section 44(5), (6) and (7) (pools of applicants);

      (b) section 46 (discrimination in appointments); and

      (c) section 47(1)(a), (b), (c) and (e) (temporary provisions).

    (2)   For section 2 of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000 (Renewal of Temporary Provisions) Order 2004 (2004 No. 114) substitute—

          "(2)   Section 45 of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000, which is in force on 29th March 2004 shall continue in force for the period beginning 30th March 2004 and ending 28th March 2007.".'.



 
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