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Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish: Advice has come to hand immediately on Statutes in Force, and I can tell the Committee that there are duties on both sides.

Baroness Darcy (de Knayth) ; I thank the Minister once again. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Schedule 4 agreed to.

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Schedule 5 [Repeals]:

Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish moved Amendment No. 150:


Page 35, line 38, at end insert:
("1993 c. 62. The Education Act 1993. In section 161(5), the words from "and in this subsection" to the end.").

The noble Lord said: I have already spoken to the amendment. I beg to move.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Schedule 5, as amended, agreed to.

Schedule 6 [Modifications of this Act in its Application to Northern Ireland]:

Lord Inglewood moved Amendment No. 150A:


Page 36, line 12, at end insert:
("(2) In section 7(4) to (10) for "Secretary of State" wherever it occurs substitute "Department of Economic Development", for "he" and "him" wherever they occur substitute "it" and for "his" wherever it occurs substitute "its".
(3) In section 7(9) for "Parliament" substitute "the Assembly".").

The noble Lord said: In speaking to Amendment No. 150A I wish to speak also to all the other amendments which are grouped with it.

The inclusion of Schedule 6 in the Bill ensures that the provisions of the Bill may have effect in Northern Ireland at the same time as the rest of the UK. Schedule 6 modifies the provisions of the Bill so that they fit within the context of Northern Ireland's existing legislation and structures while at the same time retaining their substance and effect.

Bearing in mind the lateness of the hour, it may be appropriate to speak in that way to all the amendments, and if any Member of the Committee has any particular point he or she would like to raise I shall be pleased to answer it.

Baroness Darcy (de Knayth): Perhaps I may intervene briefly. I believe that one of the amendments deals with education in Northern Ireland, but I cannot put my finger on it. If there is, does it give Northern Ireland the same powers as are given to the rest of Great Britain in respect of further and higher education?

Lord Inglewood: I can reassure the Committee that the Department of Education in Northern Ireland has undertaken to take appropriate steps to ensure that the education provisions will be effected in Northern Ireland as in England and Wales. For example, the forthcoming Northern Ireland Education Order will be amended to take account of the Bill's provisions on the publication of information in school governors' annual reports. The further education provisions will be taken fully into account in the development of proposals for the incorporation of further education colleges. In the area of higher education existing powers will be used to follow the arrangements proposed for England and Wales.

In addition, the opportunity will be taken with the publication of the charters on further and higher education due to be published later this year to reinforce those requirements. I hope that that assists the noble Baroness. I beg to move.

Baroness Darcy (de Knayth): I am most grateful.

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On Question, amendment agreed to.

Lord Inglewood moved Amendments Nos. 151 to 154:


Page 36, line 13, at beginning insert ("—(1) In section 8(3) omit "or (in Scotland) in reparation".
(2)").
Page 37, line 9, at end insert:
("12A. Omit sections (Education of disabled persons), (Further and higher education of disabled persons) and (Further and higher education of disabled persons: Scotland).
12B.—(1) In section (Accessibility regulations) (1) for "Secretary of State" substitute "Department of the Environment".
(2) In section (Accessibility regulations) (5) omit the definition of "taxi".
12C. For section (New licences conditional on compliance with accessibility regulations) substitute—

"New licences conditional on compliance with accessibility regulations.

.—(1) The Department of the Environment shall not grant a public service vehicle licence under Article 61 of the Road Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 for a taxi unless the vehicle conforms with those provisions of the accessibility regulations with which it will be required to conform if licensed.
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to the grant of a public service vehicle licence in respect of a taxi if the Department is renewing a public service vehicle licence which is in force in respect of that taxi immediately before the grant of that licence.
(3) The Department of the Environment may by order provide for subsection (2) to cease to have effect on such date as may be specified in the order.".
12D. Omit section (Exemption from accessibility regulations).
12E. In section (Carrying of passengers in wheelchairs) (7) for "licensing authority" substitute "Department of the Environment".
12F.—(1) In section (Carrying of guide dogs and hearing dogs) (5) and (6) for "licensing authority" substitute "Department of the Environment".
(2) In section (Carrying of guide dogs and hearing dogs) (9) for "Secretary of State" substitute "Department of the Environment".
12G. Omit section (Taxis: requirements as to disabled passengers in Scotland).").
Page 38, leave out lines 44 to 48.
Page 40, line 2, at end insert:
("(4) In section 33(7) omit "paragraph (b) of", for "1944" substitute "1945" and omit "in each case".

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(5) In section 33, omit subsection (8).").
Page 41, line 16, after ("Kingdom;" ") insert:
("( ) in the definition of "fire brigade" for the words from "means" to the end substitute "has the same meaning as in the Fire Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1984";
( ) in the definition of "prison officer" for the words from "means" to the end substitute "means any individual who holds any post, otherwise than as a medical officer, to which he has been appointed under section 2(2) of the Prison Act (Northern Ireland) 1953; and").
Page 41, line 49, at end insert:
(""accessibility regulations" means regulations made under section (Accessibility regulations);").
Page 42, line 4, at end insert:
(""the Department of the Environment" means the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland;").
Page 42, line 26, at end insert:
("(aa) in Part (TAXIS) of this Act, regulations made by the Department of the Environment;").
Page 42, line 28, at end insert:
(""taxi" means a vehicle which—
(a) is licensed under Article 61 of the Road Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 to stand or ply for hire; and
(b) seats not more than 8 passengers in addition to the driver.").
Page 43, leave out lines 6 and 7.

The noble Lord said: I have already spoken to Amendment No. 151. At the same time I beg to move also Amendments Nos. 151A to 154.

On Question, amendments agreed to.

Schedule 6, as amended, agreed to.

House resumed: Bill reported with amendments.

Health Authorities Bill

Returned from the Commons with the amendments agreed to.

Jobseekers Bill

Returned from the Commons with the amendments agreed to.

        House adjourned at twenty-nine minutes before midnight.

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