House of Commons portcullis
House of Commons
Session 2008 - 09
Internet Publications
Other Bills before Parliament


 
 

39

 

House of Commons

 
 

Notices of Amendments

 

given on

 

Thursday 5 February 2009

 

For other Amendment(s) see the following page(s):

 

Coroners and Justice Bill Committee 17-38

 

Public Bill Committee


 

Coroners and Justice Bill

 

Mr David Kidney

 

92

 

Clause  23,  page  14,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

‘(4A)    

A senior coroner may report to the Lord Chancellor any failing by a relevant

 

authority to discharge its duties under subsection (1).

 

(4B)    

The Lord Chancellor may from time to time publish guidance about the procedure

 

for resolving any matter of dispute relating to a report made to him pursuant to

 

subsection (4A).

 

(4C)    

The Lord Chancellor may give a direction requiring the senior coroner, and the

 

relevant authority to take action within a period specified in the direction to

 

resolve any matter of dispute relating to a report made to him pursuant to

 

subsection (4A).’.

 

Mr David Kidney

 

93

 

Schedule  4,  page  129,  line  30,  at end insert—

 

‘7  (1)  

A person who fails to comply with the duty in paragraph 6(2) commits an

 

offence.

 

      (2)  

A person guilty of an offence under this paragraph is liable on summary

 

conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

 

8    (1)  

A senior coroner shall send to the Chief Coroner a copy of all—

 

(i)    

reports referred to in paragraph 6(1); and

 

(ii)    

responses referred to in paragraph 6(2).

 

      (2)  

The Chief Coroner shall maintain a register of all the material he receives

 

pursuant to sub-paragraph (1) and shall from time to time publish a summary

 

of—

 

(i)    

the reports and responses referred to in sub-paragraph (1) subject to

 

appropriate protection of confidential data; and


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 5 February 2009                  

40

 

Coroners and Justice Bill, continued

 
 

(ii)    

his analysis of the conclusions to be drawn from them with regard to

 

reducing the risk of death.

 

      (3)  

The Chief Coroner shall send copies of the reports he publishes pursuant to

 

sub-paragraph (2) to—

 

(i)    

the Lord Chancellor; and

 

(ii)    

Parliament.’.

 

Community Legal Service

 

Mr David Kidney

 

NC11

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Access to Justice Act 1999 (c. 22) is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

In Schedule 2, paragraph 2(1), after sub-sub-paragraph (e) insert—

 

“(ea)    

any coroner’s court”.’.

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Edward Garnier

 

Jeremy Wright

 

Mr Tim Boswell

 

Mr James Gray

 

94

 

Clause  7,  page  4,  line  29,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

Any person falling within subsection 36(2)(a) or (b) may make a request to the

 

senior coroner that a jury be assembled for the purposes of an inquest.’.

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Edward Garnier

 

Jeremy Wright

 

Mr Tim Boswell

 

Mr James Gray

 

95

 

Clause  7,  page  4,  leave out lines 22 to 24 and insert—

 

‘(aa)    

that the deceased died at a centre for provision of medical treatment, and

 

the coroner feels there are reasonable grounds for an inquest’.

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Edward Garnier

 

Jeremy Wright

 

Mr Tim Boswell

 

Mr James Gray

 

96

 

Clause  30,  page  16,  line  13,  at end insert ‘(including a decision under section

 

7(2A)’.

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Edward Garnier

 

Jeremy Wright

 

Mr Tim Boswell

 

Mr James Gray

 

97

 

Clause  7,  page  4,  line  19,  leave out from ‘if’ to end of line 24 and insert ‘the


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 5 February 2009                  

41

 

Coroners and Justice Bill, continued

 
 

coroner has reason to believe—

 

(a)    

that the deceased died in custody or otherwise in state detention; or

 

(aa)    

that the deceased died whilst serving in the armed forces; or

 

(ab)    

that the deceased died at a centre for provision of medical treatment, and

 

the coroner has a duty to investigate the death within section 1,’.

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Tim Boswell

 

98

 

Clause  7,  page  4,  line  37,  at end add—

 

‘(5)    

In all cases where a jury is required for the purposes of an inquest, any interested

 

person will be entitled to legal representation at the inquest, funded by the Legal

 

Services Commission.’.

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Tim Boswell

 

99

 

Clause  30,  page  16,  line  21,  at end insert—

 

‘(k)    

a decision not to allow legal representation funded by the Legal Services

 

Commission to assist anyone falling within section 36(2)(a).’.

 

David Howarth

 

Jenny Willott

 

100

 

Clause  70,  page  41,  line  44,  at end insert—

 

‘(7A)    

On any application for a witness anonymity order, the court must consider

 

whether the appointment of special counsel to assist the court in deciding whether

 

to grant the order would contribute significantly to the fairness of the

 

proceedings; and if the court decides not to appoint special counsel, the court

 

must give reasons.’.

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Tim Boswell

 

101

 

Clause  36,  page  20,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

‘(aa)    

a legal professional, if one has been appointed for the purposes of

 

assisting the family;’.

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Tim Boswell

 

102

 

Schedule  4,  page  129,  line  28,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

Where the senior coroner considers that a report under this paragraph is likely to

 

result from the inquest, the family of the deceased shall be entitled to legal

 

representation funded by the Legal Services Commission.’.

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Tim Boswell

 

103

 

Clause  6,  page  4,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

‘(2)    

Subject to subsection (1), the senior coroner responsible for the inquest must

 

notify any interested person as soon as practicable that they are entitled to be

 

assisted at all times by a legal representative.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 5 February 2009                  

42

 

Coroners and Justice Bill, continued

 
 

(2B)    

Any legal representation shall be fully funded by the Legal Services

 

Commission.’.

 

Legal representation of bereaved families

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Tim Boswell

 

NC12

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Where—

 

(a)    

the inquest is to be held with a jury; or

 

(b)    

the deceased died whilst in custody or otherwise detained by the state; or

 

(c)    

the deceased died at a centre for provision of medical treatment, and the

 

coroner has a duty to investigate the death under section 7(2); or

 

(d)    

any other parties participating in the inquest are assisted by a legal

 

professional,

 

legal representation for bereaved families shall be funded by the Legal Services

 

Commission.’.

 

Legal representation of bereaved families (No. 2)

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Tim Boswell

 

NC13

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Means testing shall be waived for legal representation of bereaved families if—

 

(a)    

the inquest is to be held with a jury; or

 

(b)    

the deceased died whilst in custody or otherwise detained by the state; or

 

(c)    

the deceased died at a centre of provision for medical treatment; or

 

(d)    

the deceased died whilst serving in the armed forces; and

 

(e)    

any other parties participating in the inquest are assisted by a legal

 

professional.’.

 

Dr Brian Iddon

 

104

 

Clause  19,  page  11,  line  3,  at end insert ‘, including an investigation into the drugs

 

the deceased had been taking prior to his or her death;’.

 

David Howarth

 

Jenny Willott

 

105

 

Clause  151,  page  96,  line  40,  leave out ‘within subsection (2)’.

 

David Howarth

 

Jenny Willott

 

106

 

Clause  151,  page  97,  line  3,  leave out subsection (2).


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 5 February 2009                  

43

 

Coroners and Justice Bill, continued

 
 

David Howarth

 

Jenny Willott

 

107

 

Clause  151,  page  98,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

A County Court may make a compliance order against a data controller if

 

satisfied on application by the Commissioner that—

 

(a)    

an assessment notice has been properly made against the date controller,

 

(b)    

the data controller has failed without reasonable excuse to comply with

 

the assessment notice.

 

( )    

A person who fails to comply with a compliance order may be proceeded against

 

for contempt of court.’.

 

David Howarth

 

Jenny Willott

 

108

 

Schedule  18,  page  177,  line  42,  leave out Part 5.

 

David Howarth

 

Jenny Willott

 

109

 

Schedule  9,  page  139,  line  3,  leave out from beginning to end of line 6 on page 140.

 

David Howarth

 

Jenny Willott

 

110

 

Clause  38,  page  23,  line  28,  leave out from ‘5’ to end of line 29.

 

Mr Edward Garnier

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Jeremy Wright

 

111

 

Clause  42,  page  26,  line  8,  after ‘disregarded’, add ‘unless the fact that the thing

 

done or said which constituted sexual infidelity is relevant to other things done or said (or

 

both) which do not constitute sexual infidelity but which are put forward as qualifying

 

under subsection (4) of this section.’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

David Howarth

 

112

 

Clause  5,  page  3,  line  40,  after ‘necessary’, insert ‘in the interests of justice or’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

David Howarth

 

113

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  1,  after ‘ascertaining’, insert ‘—

 

(i)    

’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

David Howarth

 

114

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  2,  at end insert—

 

‘(ii)    

whether and to what extent systematic failings were a factor in

 

death;


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 5 February 2009                  

44

 

Coroners and Justice Bill, continued

 
 

(iii)    

whether appropriate precautions could have been taken to

 

prevent the death;

 

(iv)    

if a person takes his or her own life, whether this was in whole or

 

in part because the risk of their doing so was not recognised by

 

those acting on behalff of the state;

 

(v)    

any other factor relevant to the circumstances in which the

 

deceased came by this or her death.’.

 

National medical adviser to the chief coroner

 

Jenny Willott

 

David Howarth

 

NC14

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State for Health may appoint a person as the National Medical

 

Adviser to the Chief Coroner.

 

(2)    

The Secretary of State for Health must consult the Lord Chancellor and the Lord

 

Chief Justice before making an appointment under this section.’.

 

Regulations about training (medical examiners)

 

Jenny Willott

 

David Howarth

 

NC15

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The National Medical Adviser to the Chief Coroner, after consulting the Chief

 

Coroner, may, with the consent of the Secretary of State, make regulations about

 

the training of—

 

(a)    

medical examiners;

 

(b)    

medical examiners’ officers and other staff assisting persons within

 

paragraph (a).

 

(2)    

The regulations may (in particular) makes provisions as to—

 

(a)    

the kind of training to be undertaken;

 

(b)    

the amount of training to be undertaken;

 

(c)    

the frequency with which it is to be undertaken.’.

 

Regulations about standards (medical examiners)

 

Jenny Willott

 

David Howarth

 

NC16

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘The National Medical Adviser to the Chief Coroner, after consulting the Chief

 

Coroner, may, with the consent of the Secretary of State, publish minimum

 

standards relating to the service to be provided by medical examiners.’.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 5 February 2009                  

45

 

Coroners and Justice Bill, continued

 
 

Jenny Willott

 

David Howarth

 

115

 

Clause  18,  page  9,  line  29,  at end insert ‘to the minimum standards as laid down for

 

time to time by the National Medical Adviser to the Chief Coroner,’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

David Howarth

 

116

 

Clause  18,  page  9,  line  23,  after ‘Wales)’, insert ‘, after consulting the local senior

 

coroner,’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

David Howarth

 

117

 

Clause  23,  page  13,  line  36,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

In making provision under subsection (1), the authority must ensure that the

 

minimum standards laid down from time to time by the Chief Coroner are

 

fulfilled.’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

David Howarth

 

118

 

Schedule  1,  page  118,  line  21,  at end insert ‘and must be resumed if there is any

 

likelihood that not resuming it might breach any Convention rights (within the meaning

 

of the Human Rights Act 1998 (c. 42)).’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

David Howarth

 

119

 

Schedule  2,  page  121,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

Each coroner area is to have the same boundaries as each medical examiner

 

area.’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

David Howarth

 

120

 

Schedule  4,  page  128,  line  41,  at end insert—

 

‘(7)    

The Secretary of State must issue a code of practice in connection with the entry

 

and seach of land and the seizure of anything on the land by a senior coroner.’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

David Howarth

 

121

 

Schedule  4,  page  129,  leave out lines 27 and 28 and insert ‘the provisions laid out in

 

sub-paragraph (1A) shall apply.

 

(1A)    

Those provisions are—

 

(a)    

the coroner may may report the matter to a person who the coroner

 

believes may have power to take such action;

 

(b)    

the coroner may make recommendations to the person referred to in sub-

 

sub-paragraph (a);


 
contents continue
 
House of Commons home page Houses of Parliament home page House of Lords home page search page enquiries

© Parliamentary copyright 2009
Revised 6 February 2009