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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 24 February 2009

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Coroners and Justice Bill


 

[Seventh and Eighth Sittings]


 

Clause 11.

 

Amendment 40 proposed, in page 6, line 4, after ‘if’, insert ‘the matter has been

 

referred to the Lord Chief Justice and he or she is’.—(Mr Henry Bellingham).

 

 

Withdrawn

 


 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Edward Garnier

 

Jeremy Wright

 

Mr Tim Boswell

 

Mr James Gray

 

Not called  42

 

Clause  11,  page  6,  line  6,  leave out ‘any of the reasons’ and insert ‘the reason’.

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Edward Garnier

 

Jeremy Wright

 

Mr Tim Boswell

 

Mr James Gray

 

Not called  43

 

Clause  11,  page  6,  line  9,  leave out ‘reasons are’ and insert ‘reason is’.

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Edward Garnier

 

Jeremy Wright

 

Mr Tim Boswell

 

Mr James Gray

 

Not called  41

 

Clause  11,  page  6,  leave out lines 12 to 16.


 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 24 February 2009        

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Coroners and Justice Bill, continued

 
 

David Howarth

 

Jenny Willott

 

Not selected  62

 

Page  6,  line  2,  leave out Clause 11.

 

Clause Agreed to on division.

 


 

David Howarth

 

Jenny Willott

 

Not called  63

 

Clause  12,  page  7,  line  3,  leave out ‘Secretary of State’ and insert ‘High Court on

 

application by the Secretary of State or by any interested person.

 

(1A)    

The court may discontinue a certificate if it is satisfied that the certificate is no

 

longer necessary to prevent material or information being disclosed whose

 

disclosure would be seriously detrimental to national security.’.

 

David Howarth

 

Jenny Willott

 

Not called  64

 

Clause  12,  page  7,  line  6,  leave out ‘11(3)(a)’ and insert ‘[Certified

 

investigations](4)(b)’.

 

David Howarth

 

Jenny Willott

 

Not called  65

 

Clause  12,  page  7,  line  9,  leave out ‘11(3)’ and insert ‘[Certified

 

investigations](4)(b)’.

 

David Howarth

 

Jenny Willott

 

Not called  66

 

Clause  12,  page  7,  line  15,  leave out from ‘must’ to end of line 17 and insert

 

‘continue with the inquest with the jury already summoned.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

David Howarth

 

Jenny Willott

 

Not called  67

 

Clause  13,  page  7,  leave out lines 22 to 31 and insert—

 

“(d)    

disclosure for the purposes of an inquest for which a certificate exists

 

under section 11 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009; or’.

 

David Howarth

 

Jenny Willott

 

Not called  68

 

Clause  13,  page  7,  line  41,  after ‘Court’, insert ‘or Coroner’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 24 February 2009        

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Coroners and Justice Bill, continued

 
 

David Howarth

 

Jenny Willott

 

Not called  69

 

Clause  13,  page  7,  line  42,  after ‘judge’, insert ‘or coroner’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clause 14 Agreed to.

 


 

Jenny Willott

 

David Howarth

 

Withdrawn  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)).’.

 

Schedule Agreed to.

 


 

Dr Brian Iddon

 

Withdrawn  188

 

Clause  15,  page  8,  line  22,  after ‘practitioner’, insert ‘including a radiologist’.

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Edward Garnier

 

Jeremy Wright

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Tim Boswell

 

Not called  363

 

Clause  15,  page  8,  line  25,  at end insert ‘, so long as he or she is supervised by a

 

qualified pathologist.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clauses 16 and 17 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Edward Garnier

 

Jeremy Wright

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Tim Boswell

 

Negatived on division  360

 

Clause  18,  page  9,  line  23,  at beginning insert ‘The Chief Coroner in consultation

 

with’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 24 February 2009        

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Coroners and Justice Bill, continued

 
 

Jenny Willott

 

David Howarth

 

Not called  116

 

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

 

coroner,’.

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Edward Garnier

 

Jeremy Wright

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Tim Boswell

 

Not called  361

 

Clause  18,  page  9,  line  26,  leave out ‘Each Trust or Board’ and insert ‘The Chief

 

Coroner’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

David Howarth

 

Withdrawn  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,’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Edward Garnier

 

Jeremy Wright

 

Mr James Gray

 

Mr Tim Boswell

 

Withdrawn  359

 

Clause  19,  page  10,  line  43,  at end insert—

 

‘(ca)    

provision allowing any medical practitioner to notify the coroner of any

 

concern over the circumstances in which a person has died;’.

 

Dr Brian Iddon

 

Not called  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;’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clauses 20 and 21 Agreed to.

 


 

Jenny Willott

 

David Howarth

 

Withdrawn  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.’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 24 February 2009        

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Coroners and Justice Bill, continued

 
 

Jenny Willott

 

David Howarth

 

Not called  126

 

Schedule  2,  page  121,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

‘(aa)    

whichever local authorities are affected by the proposed alterations,’.

 

Alun Michael

 

Not selected  447

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  121,  line  35,  leave out paragraph 3 and insert—

 

‘3         

The Secretary of State is the relevant authority for each coroner area.’.

 

Schedule Agreed to.

 

Clause 22 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Edward Garnier

 

Jeremy Wright

 

Mr Tim Boswell

 

Mr James Gray

 

Withdrawn  44

 

Schedule  3,  page  123,  line  7,  leave out ‘relevant authority’ and insert ‘senior

 

coroner’.

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Edward Garnier

 

Jeremy Wright

 

Mr Tim Boswell

 

Mr James Gray

 

Not called  46

 

Schedule  3,  page  123,  line  10,  leave out ‘relevant authority’ and insert ‘senior

 

coroner’.

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Edward Garnier

 

Jeremy Wright

 

Mr Tim Boswell

 

Mr James Gray

 

Not called  47

 

Schedule  3,  page  123,  line  20,  leave out ‘70’ and insert ‘72’.

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Edward Garnier

 

Jeremy Wright

 

Mr Tim Boswell

 

Mr James Gray

 

Not called  45

 

Schedule  3,  page  123,  line  21,  leave out sub-sub-paragraph (b).


 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 24 February 2009        

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Coroners and Justice Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Edward Garnier

 

Jeremy Wright

 

Mr Tim Boswell

 

Mr James Gray

 

Withdrawn  32

 

Schedule  3,  page  124,  line  41,  leave out ‘are not’ and insert ‘will continue’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

Not called  260

 

Schedule  3,  page  124,  line  41,  leave out ‘not’.

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Edward Garnier

 

Jeremy Wright

 

Mr Tim Boswell

 

Mr James Gray

 

Not called  33

 

Schedule  3,  page  125,  line  3,  leave out ‘70’ and insert ‘72’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

Withdrawn  259

 

Schedule  3,  page  126,  line  23,  at end add ‘in accordance with standards and

 

guidance produced by the Chief Coroner’.

 

Schedule Agreed to.

 


 

Dr Brian Iddon

 

Not called  190

 

Clause  23,  page  13,  line  31,  after ‘staff’, insert ‘including staff available outside

 

normal office hours,’.

 

Jenny Willott

 

David Howarth

 

Withdrawn  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

 

Not called  261

 

Clause  23,  page  14,  line  4,  leave out ‘(b) and (c)’.

 

Mr David Kidney

 

Not called  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).


 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 24 February 2009        

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Coroners and Justice Bill, continued

 
 

(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).’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clause 24 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Edward Garnier

 

Jeremy Wright

 

Mr Tim Boswell

 

Mr James Gray

 

Withdrawn  34

 

Schedule  4,  page  127,  line  41,  leave out from ‘Coroner’ to end of line 43.

 

Jenny Willott

 

David Howarth

 

Not called  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

 

Not called  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);

 

(c)    

the coroner may report the matter and recommendations to the Chief

 

Coroner, who must maintain a record of such reports and

 

recommendations reported to him.’.

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

Mr Edward Garnier

 

Jeremy Wright

 

Mr Tim Boswell

 

Mr James Gray

 

Not called  35

 

Schedule  4,  page  129,  line  27,  leave out first ‘may’ and insert ‘must’.


 
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