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House of Commons

 
 

Friday 19th October 2007

 

Consideration of Bill

 

Crown Employment (Nationality) Bill


 

New Clauses

 

Appeals

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

Philip Davies

 

Mr Greg Knight

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

A person who is ineligible to be employed or hold office in a civil capacity under

 

the Crown by reason of the rules made under section 2 (“the rules”) may appeal

 

to a Crown Employment (Nationality) Rules Tribunal (“the Tribunal”) for an

 

exemption from the rules.

 

(2)    

In determining an appeal the Tribunal may recommend to a Minister of the Crown

 

(or any person or body to whom the power has been delegated under section 2(3))

 

that an exemption to the rules be made.

 

(3)    

The Secretary of State shall make regulations with respect to the composition,

 

conduct and operation of the Tribunal.

 

(4)    

The Secretary of State may not make regulations under this section unless a draft

 

of the regulations has been laid before and approved by a resolution of each

 

House of Parliament.

 

(5)    

The power to make regulations under this section is exercisable by statutory

 

instrument.’.

 



 
 

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Limitation on Scope of Act

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

Philip Davies

 

Mr Greg Knight

 

NC2

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Nothing contained herein shall affect or change the current restrictions which

 

apply to those holding ministerial office or to any person seeking any elected

 

office or membership of any Parliament, Assembly or Council in any part of the

 

United Kingdom (including Scotland and Northern Ireland) or the current

 

restrictions on the appointment or bestowing of an honour.’.

 


 

Requirement of oath or affirmation

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

Philip Davies

 

Mr Greg Knight

 

NC3

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘All persons being employed or holding office in a civil capacity under the Crown

 

shall prior to taking up such office of employment make the oath or affirmation

 

specified in the Schedule.’.

 


 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Gillian Merron

 

1

 

Page  1,  line  12  [Clause  2],  leave out ‘specified in the rules’ and insert—

 

‘(a)    

in a post of a description specified in the rules, or

 

(b)    

in a post of a description specified in the rules as one in the case of which

 

a Minister of the Crown considers it necessary that requirements as to

 

nationality must be satisfied.’.

 

Gillian Merron

 

2

 

Page  1,  line  14  [Clause  2],  leave out from ‘satisfied’ to end of line 15 and insert ‘in

 

the case of persons connected with such a person; and the rules may provide that any

 

requirement as to nationality imposed under this subsection in relation to a person

 

connected with such a person may be treated as satisfied if the connected person has or

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had substantial ties with the United Kingdom.

 

(2A)    

For the purposes of this section the following are connected with a person—

 

(a)    

any parent or deceased parent of the person,

 

(b)    

any spouse or civil partner of the person,

 

(c)    

any person living together with the person as if they were spouses or civil

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partners, or


 
 

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(d)    

any parent of a person within paragraph (b) or (c).’.

 

As Amendments to Gillian Merron’s proposed Amendment (No. 2):—

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

Philip Davies

 

Mr Greg Knight

 

(a)

 

Line  8,  at end insert ‘or’.

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

Philip Davies

 

Mr Greg Knight

 

(b)

 

Line  10,  leave out from ‘partners’ to end of line 11.

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Gillian Merron

 

3

 

Page  1,  line  16  [Clause  2],  leave out from ‘rules’ to second ‘by’ in line 18 and

 

insert ‘are to be made’.

 


 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Gillian Merron

 

4

 

Page  2,  line  2  [Clause  2],  leave out ‘related to, or living’ and insert ‘connected’.

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Gillian Merron

 

5

 

Page  2,  line  3  [Clause  2],  leave out ‘capacity’ and insert ‘post’.

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Gillian Merron

 

6

 

Page  2,  line  4  [Clause  2],  leave out from ‘allowing’ to end and insert ‘the granting

 

of exemptions by the appropriate person.

 

(4A)    

In subsection (4)(b) “the appropriate person” means—

 

(a)    

in the case of posts in the Security Service, the Director-General of the

 

Security Service or someone nominated by the Director-General of the

 

Security Service,

 

(b)    

in the case of posts in the Secret Intelligence Service, the Chief of the

 

Secret Intelligence Service or a person nominated by the Chief of the

 

Secret Intelligence Service,

 

(c)    

in the case of posts in the Government Communications Headquarters,

 

the Director of the Government Communications Headquarters or a

 

person nominated by the Director of the Government Communications

 

Headquarters, and

 

(d)    

otherwise, a Minister of the Crown.’.


 
 

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Mr Christopher Chope

 

Philip Davies

 

Mr Greg Knight

 

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Page  2,  line  4  [Clause  2],  at end insert ‘and

 

(c)    

restricting the number of—

 

(i)    

non-British nationals, and

 

(ii)    

non-EEA nationals

 

    

being employed or holding office in any civil capacity under the Crown

 

at any one time.’.

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Gillian Merron

 

7

 

Page  2,  line  11  [Clause  2],  at end insert—

 

‘(6)    

The power of a Minister of the Crown to make rules under this section is

 

exercisable by statutory instrument.

 

(7)    

A statutory instrument containing rules under this section is subject to annulment

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in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

 

(8)    

Nothing in this section limits any power to impose a requirement which is not a

 

requirement as to nationality even if the ability of a person to satisfy the

 

requirement may be affected by the nationality of the person or any other

 

person.’.

 

As Amendments to Mr Andew Dismore’s proposed Amendment (No. 7):—

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

Philip Davies

 

Mr Greg Knight

 

(a)

 

Line  4,  leave out subsection (7) and insert—

 

‘(7)    

No rules under this section may be made unless a statutory instrument containing

 

the rules has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, both Houses of

 

Parliament.’.

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

Philip Davies

 

Mr Greg Knight

 

(b)

 

Line  6,  leave out subsection (8).

 



 
 

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New Schedule

 

Mr Christopher Chope

 

Philip Davies

 

Mr Greg Knight

 

Ns1

 

To move the following Schedule:—

 

‘Oath or Affirmation

 

            

‘The form of oath for the employment of persons in a civil capacity under the

 

Crown is as follows—

 


 

I swear by Almighty God [do solemnly and sincerely declare and affirm] that

 

I will faithfully discharge my employment [office] in a civil capacity under the

 

Crown and serve the Crown without fear or favour to any other.’.

 


 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Gillian Merron

 

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Page  3,  line  11  [Schedule],  at end add—

 

‘European Communities (Employment in the Civil

The whole Order.’.

 
 

Service) Order 2007 (S.I. 2007/617)

  
 


 
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