Previous Section Back to Table of Contents Lords Hansard Home Page


Baroness Blatch moved Amendment No. 163:


Page 32, leave out line 10.

The noble Baroness said: In moving Amendment No. 163 it may be for the convenience of the Committee if I speak also to Amendments Nos. 164 to 171. These are all technical amendments which relate to Northern Ireland.

These are amendments to Schedule 1 to the Bill and, with two exceptions, are purely consequential on amendments which the Committee has already agreed. The consequential amendments are two paragraphs of Schedule 1 which modify Parts I, IV and VI of the Bill in its application to Northern Ireland and are intended to modify those parts as amended by the Committee.

The two amendments which are not merely consequential are Amendments Nos. 166 and 168, which introduce references to transfer for trial under the schedule to the War Crimes Act 1991. That schedule, which will apply only to Northern Ireland once the general transfer provisions (which Members of the Committee discussed earlier this evening) have been introduced in England and Wales, sets out a special transfer for trial procedure for cases brought under the 1991 Act. These amendments ensure that such cases are subject to the disclosure requirements of Part I of the Bill in the same way as other cases transferred for trial. I beg to move.

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Of course I agreed to the suggestion that the Northern Ireland amendments should be grouped together. As the Minister rightly said, most of them are consequential on provisions that the Committee has agreed to. However, she drew attention to Amendments Nos. 166 and 168. I have to point out that where the Government propose to bring War Crimes Act cases in Northern Ireland within the definition of notice of transfer, she does so under orders provided for by the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 which have not yet been put before Parliament.

When I proposed to make provisions on the Criminal Injuries Compensation Bill which followed the civil evidence legislation which was a day off being completed, I was told, "No, we do not anticipate other legislation". I should have thought that that situation applied here: that it was at the very least unusual to propose to bring on to the statute book matters that depend on orders which, although the Act has been passed, have not yet been placed before Parliament.

19 Dec 1995 : Column 1598

Baroness Blatch: I accept the criticism made by the noble Lord. I am not sure whether the situation is without precedent. If the noble Lord wishes at this stage of the Bill that I do not press those two amendments, I accept that. Between now and Report stage, I shall receive some indication as to when that part of the Act will be implemented.

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: That would be most helpful. I am grateful.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Baroness Blatch moved Amendments Nos. 164 and 165:


Page 32, line 12, leave out ("make an order or").
Page 32, line 14, leave out ("order or code of practice made or") and insert ("code of practice")

On Question, amendments agreed to.

[Amendment No. 166 not moved.]

Baroness Blatch moved Amendment No. 167:


Page 32, leave out lines 39 to 41.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

[Amendment No. 168 not moved.]

Baroness Blatch moved Amendments Nos. 169 to 171:


Page 33, line 31, leave out from beginning to ("pre-trial") in line 32 and insert--
("In section (Meaning of pre-trial hearing) for subsections (1) and (2) substitute--
"(1) For the purposes of this Part a" ").
Page 33, line 48, at end insert--
("10A. In section (Restrictions on reporting)(1) for "Great Britain" where it twice occurs substitute "Northern Ireland".
10B. In section (Offences in connection with reporting)(3) omit "in England and Wales", and after "Attorney General" insert "for Northern Ireland"").
Page 34, line 2, at beginning insert--
("--(1) In section 38(6)(c) for "section 1 of the Perjury Act 1911" substitute "Article 3 of the Perjury (Northern Ireland) Order 1979".
(2)").

On Question, amendments agreed to.

Schedule 1, as amended, agreed to.

Schedule 2 [Repeals]:

Baroness Blatch moved Amendment No. 172:


Page 35, line 11, at end insert--

("1A. TRANSFER FOR TRIAL

ChapterShort titleExtent of repeal
1980 c.43. Magistrates' Courts Act 1980. In section 6(10), the word "written".
1994 c.33. Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. In Schedule 4, paragraph 26.

19 Dec 1995 : Column 1599


These repeals have effect in accordance with Schedule (Transfer for trial) to this Act.").

On Question, amendment agreed to.

{**/st**}{**st**}{**sp**}

Baroness Blatch moved Amendment No. 173:


Page 35, line 11, at end insert--

("1B. PROVISIONS CONNECTED WITH TRANSFER

ChapterShort titleExtent of repeal
1980 c. 43. Magistrates' Courts Act 1980. Section 28.
1994 c. 35. Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. In Schedule 4, paragraph 39.

These repeals have effect in accordance with section (Provisions connected with transfer for trial) of this Act.").

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Schedule 2, as amended, agreed to.

House resumed: Bill reported with amendments.

19 Dec 1995 : Column 1600

Royal Assent

8.25 p.m.

The Deputy Speaker (Lord Lyell): My Lords, I have to notify the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967, that the Queen has signified her Royal Assent to the following Acts:

Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Act,

Church of Scotland (Property and Endowments) Amendment Order Confirmation Act.

Bodmin Moor Commons Bill [H.L.]

Reported from the Unopposed Bill Committee with amendments.

        House adjourned at twenty-six minutes past eight o'clock.


Next Section Back to Table of Contents Lords Hansard Home Page