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Thursday 10th May 2007

Consideration of Lords Amendments

Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill

On Consideration of Lords Amendments to the Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill


Mr Secretary Hain

    To move, That this House disagrees with the Lords in their Amendment.

Mr Secretary Hain

    To move the following Amendment to the Bill in lieu of the Lords Amendment No. 3:—


Page 25, line 39, at end insert the following new Clause:—

    Accredited community-based restorative justice schemes

      (1) The Secretary of State shall maintain a register of schemes that appear to him—

        (a) to be community-based restorative justice schemes, and

        (b) to meet requirements determined and published by him.

      (2) The requirements shall include a requirement about cooperation with the Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland.

      (3) The Secretary of State shall add a scheme to the register if—

        (a) a person applies for the scheme to be added, and

        (b) the Secretary of State thinks that the scheme is a community-based restorative justice scheme which meets the requirements.

      (4) The Secretary of State may remove a scheme from the register if, having considered any report about the scheme made by the Chief Inspector, he thinks that—

        (a) it is not a community-based restorative justice scheme, or

        (b) it does not meet the requirements.

      (5) The Chief Inspector may inspect a scheme which is registered or which is the subject of an application for registration; and—

        (a) he shall from time to time make a report to the Secretary of State on inspections carried out by him by virtue of this section, and

        (b) section 49(2) to (4) of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 (c. 26) (laying of Chief Inspector’s reports before Parliament etc) shall apply in relation to the report.

      (6) The Secretary of State shall make arrangements for inspection of the register by the public.’.


       The following provisions shall apply to the Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill:


        1. The Bill shall be committed to a Public Bill Committee.

Proceedings in Public Bill Committee

        2. Proceedings in the Public Bill Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 25th January 2007.

        3. The Public Bill Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

Consideration and Third Reading

        4. Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.

        5. Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.

        6. Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

Other proceedings

        7. Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the Lords) may be programmed.

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