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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 27th April 2006

 

Committee of the Whole House

 

Proceedings

 

Northern Ireland Bill


 

Mark Durkan

 

Dr Alasdair McDonnell

 

Mr Eddie McGrady

 

Withdrawn  7

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  9,  at end insert ‘(including proposals to give effect to the

 

agreement reached at the multi-party talks on Northern Ireland set out in Command Paper

 

3883)’.

 

Lady Hermon

 

Not called  16

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  9,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

Each candidate for either office under subsection (1)(a) above must stand for

 

election jointly with a candidate for the other office.’.

 

Lady Hermon

 

Not called  17

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  9,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

Two candidates standing jointly for the purposes of an election under subsection

 

(1)(a) above shall not be elected to the two offices without the support of—

 

(a)    

a majority of the members voting in the election,

 

(b)    

a majority of the designated Nationalists voting, and

 

(c)    

a majority of the designated Unionists voting.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

The Reverend Ian Paisley

 

Mr Peter Robinson

 

Negatived on division  10

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  19,  leave out ‘before 25th November 2006’.


 
 

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Northern Ireland Bill, continued

 
 

Lembit Öpik

 

Mr Alan Reid

 

Not called  1

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  10,  at end insert—

 

‘(4A)    

Condition 4 is that parliament has legislated to give effect to any changes

 

necessary to the Northern Ireland Act 1998 in order to allow conditions 1 to 3 to

 

have effect.’.

 

The Reverend Ian Paisley

 

Mr Peter Robinson

 

Not called  14

 

Clause  2,  page  2,  line  10,  at end insert—

 

‘(4A)    

Condition 4 is that the IMC shall have reported that they believe that no

 

paramilitary, criminal or other illegal activity is being carried out by or on behalf

 

of the Provisional IRA.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Lembit Öpik

 

Mr Alan Reid

 

Lady Hermon

 

Not selected  2

 

Page  2,  line  20,  leave out Clause 3.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Lady Hermon

 

Not moved  19

 

Clause  4,  page  2,  line  38,  leave out from ‘section 3’ to end of line 41.

 

Lady Hermon

 

Not called  20

 

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  7,  leave out subsection (4).

 

Lembit Öpik

 

Mr Alan Reid

 

Not selected  3

 

Page  2,  line  36,  leave out Clause 4.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clauses 5 and 6 Agreed to.

 



 
 

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Lady Hermon

 

Not called  21

 

Schedule  1,  page  4,  line  5,  leave out first ‘Assembly’ and insert ‘Forum’.

 

Lady Hermon

 

Not called  22

 

Schedule  1,  page  4,  line  5,  leave out second ‘Assembly’ and insert ‘Forum’.

 

Mark Durkan

 

Dr Alasdair McDonnell

 

Mr Eddie McGrady

 

Not called  8

 

Schedule  1,  page  4,  line  9,  at end insert ‘and to give effect to the agreement reached

 

at the multi-party talks on Northern Ireland set out in Command Paper 3883.’.

 

Lady Hermon

 

Not called  23

 

Schedule  1,  page  4,  line  15,  leave out sub-sub-paragraph 1(a).

 

Lembit Öpik

 

Mr Alan Reid

 

Not called  4

 

Schedule  1,  page  4,  line  18,  leave out from ‘officers’ to end of line 19.

 

Lady Hermon

 

Not called  25

 

Schedule  1,  page  4,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

A person shall not be elected under sub-sub-paragraph 3(1)(b) above or sub-sub-

 

paragraph 3(3)(b) below without cross-community support.

 

(1B)    

For the purposes of sub-paragraph (1A) above “cross-community support” shall

 

have the same meaning as in subsection 39(7) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.’.

 

Lady Hermon

 

Not called  24

 

Schedule  1,  page  4,  line  26,  leave out sub-sub-paragraph 3(a).

 

Lady Hermon

 

Not called  26

 

Schedule  1,  page  4,  line  32,  leave out paragraph 4.

 

Lady Hermon

 

Not called  27

 

Schedule  1,  page  5,  line  18,  leave out paragraph 6.

 

Mark Durkan

 

Dr Alasdair McDonnell

 

Mr Eddie McGrady

 

Negatived on division  6

 

Schedule  1,  page  5,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

‘Assembly control of Orders in Council

 

7          

Paragraph 2 of the Schedule to the 2000 Act is replaced by—


 
 

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“Parliamentary and Assembly control of Orders in Council

 

2    (1)  

Except where sub-paragraph (2) applies, an Order in Council may

 

not be made under paragraph 1(1) unless each of the following

 

conditions is met—

 

(a)    

Condition 1 is that a draft of the Order has been referred

 

under section 1(1) of the Northern Ireland Act 2006 to the

 

Assembly;

 

(b)    

Condition 2 is that a meeting of the Assembly has taken

 

place at which it has had the opportunity to consider the

 

draft of the Order;

 

(c)    

Condition 3 is that the Assembly at that meeting has not

 

expressed by resolution passed with cross-community

 

support its opposition to the draft of the Order;

 

(d)    

Condition 4 is that the draft of the Order has been approved

 

by resolution of each House of Parliament.

 

      (2)  

This sub-paragraph applies where the Order declares that the

 

Secretary of State has advised Her Majesty that because of the

 

urgency of the matter it is necessary to make the Order without

 

meeting any of the conditions in sub-paragraph (1).

 

      (3)  

Where an Order contains a declaration under sub-paragraph (2) it—

 

(a)    

must be laid before Parliament after being made; and

 

(b)    

ceases to have effect if it is not approved by a resolution of

 

each House of Parliament before the end of the relevant

 

period.

 

      (4)  

Where an Order contains a declaration under sub-paragraph (2) it—

 

(a)    

must be referred to the Assembly under section 1(1) of the

 

Northern Ireland Act 2006 after being made; and

 

(b)    

ceases to have effect if before the end of the relevant

 

period—

 

(i)    

the Assembly has not had an opportunity to

 

consider the Order; or

 

(ii)    

the Assembly has passed a resolution with cross

 

community support expressing its opposition to the

 

Order.

 

      (5)  

But sub-paragraphs (3)(b) and (4)(b) do not prejudice—

 

(a)    

anything done under the Order before it ceased to have

 

effect; or

 

(b)    

the making of a new Order.

 

      (6)  

In this paragraph—

 

“the Assembly” means the Assembly referred to in paragraph 1 of

 

Schedule 1 to the Northern Ireland Act 2006;

 

“the relevant period” means the period of 40 days beginning with

 

the date on which the Order is made.’.

 

Schedule Agreed to.

 



 
 

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Northern Ireland Bill, continued

 
 

Lady Hermon

 

Not moved  28

 

Schedule  2,  page  6,  line  7,  leave out sub-paragraph 2(5).

 

Lady Hermon

 

Not called  29

 

Schedule  2,  page  6,  line  10,  leave out sub-paragraph 2(6).

 

Lady Hermon

 

Not called  30

 

Schedule  2,  page  6,  line  14,  leave out sub-paragraph 2(7).

 

The Reverend Ian Paisley

 

Mr Peter Robinson

 

Not called  13

 

Schedule  2,  page  6,  line  34,  leave out sub-paragraph (1).

 

Lembit Öpik

 

Mr Alan Reid

 

Not called  5

 

Schedule  2,  page  6,  line  40,  leave out sub-paragraph (4).

 

Mark Durkan

 

Dr Alasdair McDonnell

 

Mr Eddie McGrady

 

Mr Laurence Robertson

 

Lady Hermon

 

Not called  9

 

Schedule  2,  page  7,  line  22,  leave out paragraph 4.

 

The Reverend Ian Paisley

 

Mr Peter Robinson

 

Not called  12

 

Schedule  2,  page  7,  leave out lines 24 to 30 and insert—

 

‘“(2)  

The date of the poll for the election of the Assembly next following

 

the Assembly elected at the poll on 26th November 2003 shall be a

 

date to be specified in an order made by the Secretary of State.

 

    (2A)  

An order under subsection (2) may not specify a date falling on or

 

before the date on which the poll would (apart from that subsection)

 

fall to be held under subsection (1).

 

    (2B)  

An order under subsection (2) may include provision making such

 

modifications of—

 

(a)    

any enactment (other than one contained in this Act), or

 

(b)    

any provision of subordinate legislation,

 

            

as appear to the Secretary of State to be necessary or expedient for

 

the purposes of, or in consequence of or in connection with, the

 

order.

 

    (2C)  

An order under subsection (2) may, in particular, make provision

 

modifying any duty of the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern

 

Ireland whereby (apart from the order) he must perform any


 
 

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function or discharge any duty on or by reference to a particular

 

date.

 

    (2D)  

An order under subsection (2) may also make such supplementary,

 

incidental or consequential provision as the Secretary of State

 

considers necessary or expedient.”

 

      (2)  

In subsection (1) of that section, for “subsection (2)” substitute “subsections

 

(2) to (3)”.’.

 

Schedule Agreed to.

 


 

Lady Hermon

 

Not selected  31

 

Page  8,  line  1,  leave out Schedule 3.

 

Lady Hermon

 

Not called  32

 

Schedule  3,  page  8,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

‘(2E)    

No Order shall be made pursuant to sub-paragraph (2) above unless a draft of the

 

instrument has been laid before and approved by a resolution of each House of

 

Parliament.’.

 

The Reverend Ian Paisley

 

Mr Peter Robinson

 

Not called  11

 

Schedule  3,  page  9,  line  4,  leave out paragraph 4.

 

Schedule Agreed to.

 

Bill reported, without Amendment.

 

Bill read the third time and passed.

 


 
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