Amendments proposed to the Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill - continued House of Commons

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Director's reasons for not instituting, or discontinuing, proceedings

   

Mr Seamus Mallon

NC5

To move the following Clause:—

       'Where—

      (a) the Director decides not to institute proceedings against a person or discontinues such proceedings; and

      (b) a person appearing to the Director to have a legitimate interest in the matter requests reasons for his decision,

       he must provide that person with such reasons unless to do so would be against the interests of justice or the public interest.'.


   

Mr Secretary Reid
Mr Quentin Davies
Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

139

Page     15,     line     3     [Clause     24],     leave out from 'time,' to end of line 5.


   

Mr Secretary Reid
Mr Seamus Mallon

140

Page     17,     line     1     [Clause     27],     after second 'Minister' insert ', acting jointly,'.

   

Mr Seamus Mallon

171

Page     17,     line     6     [Clause     27],     after second 'Minister', insert ', acting jointly,'.


   

Lady Hermon
Mr David Trimble
Mr Roy Beggs

89

Page     93,     line     3     [Schedule     7],     leave out 'Public' and insert 'Crown'.


   

Lady Hermon
Mr David Trimble
Mr Roy Beggs

90

Page     18,     line     1     [Clause     30],     leave out 'Public' and insert 'Crown'.

   

Lady Hermon
Mr David Trimble
Mr Roy Beggs

83

Page     18,     line     2     [Clause     30],     leave out 'Public' and insert 'Crown'.

   

Lady Hermon
Mr David Trimble
Mr Roy Beggs

84

Page     18,     line     3     [Clause     30],     leave out 'Public' and insert 'Crown'.


   

Mr Seamus Mallon

173

Page     21,     line     26     [Clause     35],     leave out subsection (4) and insert—

    '(4)   In section 55 (consideration of other matters by the Ombudsman)—

      (a) insert after subsection (1)—

          "(1A)   The Director must refer to the Ombudsman any matter which—

          (a) appears to the Director to indicate that a member of the police service may have—

          (i) committed a criminal offence; or

          (ii) behaved in a manner which would justify disciplinary proceedings; and

          (b) is not the subject of a complaint.

          (1B)   But subsection (1A) does not require the Director to refer a matter to the Ombudsman where the Director—

          (a) is dealing with the question of criminal proceedings, or

          (b) has decided to bring criminal proceedings.

          (1C)   Where the Director is dealing with the question of criminal proceedings or has decided to bring criminal proceedings, he must notify the Ombudsman of that fact.";

          (b) leave out subsection (5) and insert

          "(5) Where any matter is referred to the Ombudsman under subsections (1A) or (4), he shall formally investigate the matter in accordance with section 56 if it appears to him that it is desirable in the public interest that he should do so."

          (c) in subsection (7), after "Authority", insert ", the Director" and after "subsection (1)" insert "or (1A)".'.

   

Mr Secretary Reid
Mr Quentin Davies
Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

141

Page     21,     line     37     [Clause     36],     leave out 'District Judge (Magistrates' Courts)' and insert 'resident magistrate'.


   

Lady Hermon
Mr David Trimble
Mr Roy Beggs

85

Page     22,     line     18     [Clause     37],     leave out 'Public' and insert 'Crown'.

   

Mr Secretary Reid

142

Page     22,     line     39     [Clause     38],     at end insert—

    '(4A)   In preparing or making alterations to a code the Director must be guided by the general principles of the Guidelines on the Role of Prosecutors adopted at the Eighth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders held at Havana between 27th August and 7th September 1990.'.


   

Mr Seamus Mallon

172

Page     23,     line     29     [Clause     40],     leave out 'and is subject to any directions given by him'.


   

Lady Hermon
Mr David Trimble
Mr Roy Beggs

86

Page     26,     line     31     [Clause     46],     leave out 'Public' and insert 'Crown'.

   

Mr Quentin Davies
Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

48

Page     26,     line     40     [Clause     46],     at end insert—

      '(k) the police ombudsman for Northern Ireland.'.

   

Lady Hermon
Mr David Trimble
Mr Roy Beggs

91

Page     26,     line     40     [Clause     46],     at end insert—

      '(k) Consignia,

      (l) the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland,

      (m) the Financial Services Authority,

      (n) the Inland Revenue,

      (o) Electoral Office.'.


   

Lady Hermon
Mr David Trimble
Mr Roy Beggs

92

Page     27,     line     12     [Clause     46],     at end insert—

    '(5A)   An inspection carried out by the Chief Inspector of Consignia, the Financial Services Authority, the Inland Revenue or the Electoral Office may cover only functions relating to their criminal justice functions.'.

   

Lady Hermon
Mr David Trimble
Mr Roy Beggs

87

Page     27,     line     37     [Clause     47],     leave out 'Public' and insert 'Crown'.


   

Lady Hermon
Mr David Trimble
Mr Roy Beggs

88

Page     28,     line     35     [Clause     49],     leave out 'Public' and insert 'Crown'.


   

Mr Quentin Davies
Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

49

Page     32,     line     40     [Clause     54],     after 'hours', insert 'if aged under 16 years, or 240 hours if aged 16 or 17 years'.


   

Mr Quentin Davies
Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

50

Page     35,     line     7     [Clause     55],     after '40', insert 'if the offender is aged under 16 years, or 240 if the offender is aged 16 or 17 years'.


   

Mr Quentin Davies
Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

51

Page     38,     line     14     [Clause     56],     leave out 'one half of'.

   

Patsy Calton
Lembit Öpik

99

Page     38,     line     25     [Clause     56],     leave out 'that time' and insert 'following the child reaching the age of 14'.


   

Patsy Calton
Lembit Öpik

100

Page     39,     line     43     [Clause     56],     after 'he', insert '(i)'.

   

Patsy Calton
Lembit Öpik

101

Page     39,     line     47     [Clause     56],     at end insert—

      '(ii) will be offered an independent advocacy service within 24 hours of his return to secure accommodation.'.


   

Mr Quentin Davies
Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

52

Page     40,     line     9     [Clause     56],     leave out '30 days' and insert 'six months'.

   

Mr Quentin Davies
Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

55

Page     40,     line     28     [Clause     56],     leave out '3' and insert '5'.

   

Mr Quentin Davies
Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

56

Page     40,     line     29     [Clause     56],     leave out 'six months' and insert 'two years'.

   

Mr Quentin Davies
Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

57

Page     40,     line     47     [Clause     56],     leave out '3' and insert '5'.


   

Mr Quentin Davies
Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

58

Page     41,     line     1     [Clause     56],     leave out 'six months' and insert 'two years'.

   

Mr Quentin Davies
Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

59

Page     41,     line     15     [Clause     56],     leave out from 'level' to end of line and insert '3 on the standard scale, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to both.'.

   

Patsy Calton
Lembit Öpik

102

Page     41,     line     23     [Clause     56],     at end insert—

      '(iii) the contact details of an independent advocacy service'.


   

Mr Quentin Davies
Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

53

Page     42,     line     18     [Clause     56],     leave out '30 days' and insert 'six months'.

   

Mr Quentin Davies
Mr Crispin Blunt
Mr John Hayes

54

Page     42,     line     22     [Clause     56],     leave out '30 days' and insert 'six months'.

   

Mr Secretary Reid

143

Page     42,     line     22     [Clause     56],     at end insert—

    '(4A)   Where the court imposes a fine on the child under paragraph (3)(a) or (4)(a), it shall order that the fine be paid by the parent or guardian of the child instead of by the child, unless it is satisfied that there is good reason for not so doing.

    (4B)   A fine ordered under paragraph (4A) to be paid by a parent or guardian may be recovered from him by distress, or he may be imprisoned in default of payment, in like manner as if the order had been made on the conviction of the parent or guardian of the offence for which the custody care order was made.

    (4C)   A parent or guardian may appeal to a county court against an order under paragraph (4A).'.

 
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