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Disqualifications Bill

This is the text of the Disqualifications Bill, as amended in Committee in the House of Lords and printed on 6th November 2000.

 
 
  
Disqualifications Bill
 
 
 
 
ARRANGEMENT OF CLAUSES
Clause 
1.Amendment of section 1(1)(e) of the Disqualification Acts.
2.Disqualification for Ministerial office in Northern Ireland.
3.Disqualification for chairmanship etc. of statutory committee of Northern Ireland Assembly.
4.Consequential repeal.
5.Short title.
 


 

 
 
A

B I L L

[AS AMENDED IN COMMITTEE]

TO

Remove the disqualification for membership of the House of Commons and the Northern Ireland Assembly of persons who are members of the legislature of Ireland (the Oireachtas); to disqualify for Ministerial office in Northern Ireland persons who are or become Ministers of the Government of Ireland or chairmen or deputy chairmen of committees of the Dáil Éireann or the Senead Éirann or of joint committees of the Oireachtas; and to make provision with respect to who may be chairman or deputy chairman of a statutory committee of the Assembly.

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-
 

Amendment of section 1(1)(e) of the Disqualification Acts.     1. - (1) Section 1(1)(e) of the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975 and section 1(1)(e) of the Northern Ireland Assembly Disqualification Act 1975 (disqualification of member of the legislature of any country or territory outside the Commonwealth) are amended as follows.
 
      (2) After "Commonwealth" insert "(other than Ireland)".
 
Disqualification for Ministerial office in Northern Ireland.     2. In the Northern Ireland Act 1998, after section 19, insert-
 
 
"Disqualification for Ministerial office.     19A. - (1) No person may-
 
    (a) stand for election as First Minister or as deputy First Minister, or be elected as such,
 
    (b) be nominated to hold a Ministerial office, or
 
    (c) be appointed as a junior Minister,
  if he is the holder a disqualifying office.
 
      (2) A Minister or junior Minister ceases to hold that office on becoming the holder of a disqualifying office.
 
      (3) In this section "disqualifying office" means-
 
 
    (a) Minister of the Government of Ireland; or
 
    (b) chairman or deputy chairman of-
 
      (i) a committee of the Dáil Éireann (House of Representatives of Ireland);
 
      (ii) a committee of the Seanad Éireann (Senate of Ireland); or
 
      (iii) a joint committee of the Oireachtas (National Parliament of Ireland)."
Disqualification for chairmanship etc. of statutory committee of Northern Ireland Assembly.     3. In section 29(5) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (which requires standing orders of the Assembly to make certain provision with respect to statutory committees), after "committee;" in paragraph (a) insert-
 
 
    "(aa) a member of the Assembly who is a Minister of the Government of Ireland or the chairman or deputy chairman of-
 
      (i) a committee of the Dáil Éireann (House of Representatives of Ireland),
 
      (ii) a committee of the Seanad Éireann (Senate of Ireland), or
 
      (iii) a joint committee of the Oireachtas (National Parliament of Ireland),
 
    may not be the chairman or deputy chairman of a statutory committee;".
Consequential repeal.     4. Section 36(5) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (which has the effect of allowing a member of Seanad Éireann to be a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly) is repealed.
 
Short title.     5. This Act may be cited as the Disqualifications Act 2000.
 
 

 
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