Emergency Workers (Protection) Bill


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Nick Herbert: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for clarifying that that is the case.
Question put and agreed to.
Clause 2, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 3

Assaulting or impeding persons assisting emergency workers
Amendments made: No. 14, in page 2, line 46, after ‘who' insert ‘without reasonable excuse'.
No. 15, in page 2, line 46, leave out ‘assaults,'.
No. 16, in page 3, line 1, leave out ‘assaulted,'.
No. 17, in page 3, line 3, leave out ‘1(3) or'.
No. 18, in page 3, line 5, leave out subsection (3).—[Mr. Alan Williams.]
Clause 3, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 4

Provisions supplementary to sections 1 to 3
Amendment made: No. 19, in page 3, line 14, leave out from ‘section' to ‘notwithstanding' in line 15 and insert
‘2 or 3 of this Act'.—[Mr. Alan Williams.]
Mr. Williams: I beg to move amendment No. 20, in page 3, line 17, after ‘vehicle,' insert ‘vessel,'.
Again, this is a technical amendment. We have provided protection for those who provide the coastguard service, but we overlooked the protection that is needed for the vessel in which they undertake their rescue work. This amendment remedies that shortcoming.
Amendment agreed to.
Amendments made: No. 21, in page 3, line 20, leave out subsections (2) to (4).
No. 22, in page 3, line 35, leave out subsection (6).—[Mr. Alan Williams.]
Clause 4, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.
Clause 5 disagreed to.

Clause 6

Penalties
Mr. Williams: I beg to move amendment No. 24, in page 4, line 19, leave out from ‘Act' to end of line 22 and insert
‘is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.'.
The Chairman: With this it will be convenient to consider amendment No. 25.
Mr. Williams: We have already discussed the penalties. I welcome the fact that the fine level is, at least, to remain at that which I envisaged originally and that the changes to imprisonment relate more to the assault side than to the impeding side.
Amendment agreed to.
Amendment made: No. 25, in page 4, line 23, leave out subsections (2) and (3).—[Mr. Alan Williams.]
Clause 6, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.
Clause 7 disagreed to.

Clause 8

Power to Modify
2.45 pm
Amendment made: No. 27, in page 4, line 35, leave out from ‘Act' to ‘such' in line 38 and insert
‘so as to add or remove a person or description of person to or from section 2(3) of this Act; and may make'.—[Mr. Alan Williams.]
Mr. Williams: I beg to move amendment No. 28, in page 5, line 1, leave out ‘them' and insert ‘carrying them out'.
This is a minor drafting amendment.
Amendment agreed to.
Mr. Williams: I beg to move amendment No. 29, in page 5, line 2, at end insert—
‘( ) Before making an order under subsection (1) which relates to Wales the Secretary of State must consult the National Assembly for Wales.'
The Chairman: With this it will be convenient to consider amendments Nos. 30 and 33.
Mr. Williams: These amendments provide the technical changes that need to be made to allow for the provisions in Wales and Northern Ireland.
Amendment agreed to.
Amendment made: No. 30, in page 5, line 2, at end insert—
‘( ) The Secretary of State may not make an order under subsection (1) which relates to Northern Ireland without the consent of any Northern Ireland department with responsibility for the emergency circumstances to which the persons being added or removed, or persons of the description being added or removed, respond.'—[Mr. Williams.]
Clause 8, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 9

Short title, commencement and extent
Amendment made: No. 31, in page 5, line 7, leave out ‘(Protection)' and insert ‘(Obstruction)'.—[Mr. Alan Williams.]
Mr. Williams: I beg to move amendment No. 32, in page 5, line 11, leave out subsection (3).
This is a technical amendment, relating to the order-making powers in the Bill.
Amendment agreed to.
Amendment made: No. 33, in page 5, line 13, leave out ‘only' and insert ‘and Northern Ireland'.—[Mr. Alan Williams.]
Clause 9, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

New Clause 1

Repeals
‘Section 44(3) and (4) of the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 (c.21) shall cease to have effect.'. —[Mr. Alan Williams.]
Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.

Title

Amendment made: No. 34, in title, line 1, leave out ‘assault or impede' and insert ‘obstruct or hinder'.—[Mr. Alan Williams.]
Question proposed, That the Chairman do report the Bill, as amended, to the House.
Mr. Williams: I thank all my colleagues who have given their time to this. I know that several of them are involved in pre-election work outside the House and have come in specially to show their support. I appreciate all the support I have had from colleagues, including those opposite. I owe the hon. Member for Teignbridge special gratitude for having drawn the Scottish Act to my attention when I was deciding what to do in respect of this private Member’s Bill. I am indebted to him for that and for his further support.
I thank the Minister for her co-operation and for the fact that at least I got an anaesthetic before my arm was twisted. May I thank you, Mr. Benton, for putting up with my incompetence in reading two amendments ahead, instead of remembering what to say at the right time?
Question put and agreed to.
Bill, as amended, to be reported.
Committee rose at ten minutes to Three o'clock.
 
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