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Lord Glentoran: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that detailed and positive response to my amendments. I sincerely hope that he and the Government are right. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Schedule 2 [Transfer of functions, assets, liabilities and staff of Police Authority for Northern Ireland]:

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton moved Amendment No. 22:


The noble Baroness said: My Lords, in moving Amendment No. 22 I should like to speak also to Amendments Nos. 23, 24 and 26 which are all technical drafting amendments.

Government Amendments Nos. 22 and 24 remove superfluous references to the policing board. Government Amendment No. 23 corrects an inconsistent reference to the "police staff" of the authority. It should read "police service staff", as elsewhere in the Bill.

Government Amendment No. 26 deals with references to the RUC and PANI in the Freedom of Information Bill. I beg to move.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton moved Amendments Nos. 23 and 24:


    Page 52, line 45, after ("police") insert ("service").


    Page 52, line 46, leave out ("of the Board").

On Question, amendments agreed to.

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Schedule 3 [District policing partnerships]:

[Amendment No. 25 not moved.]

Schedule 6 [Amendments]:

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton moved Amendment No. 26:


    Page 72, line 3, leave out from ("1") to end of line 5 and insert ("--


(a) for "Policing Authority for Northern Ireland" substitute "Northern Ireland Policing Board"; and
(b) for "Royal Ulster Constabulary" substitute "Police Service of Northern Ireland".").

The noble Baroness said: My Lords, I spoke to this amendment with Amendment No. 22. I beg to move.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: My Lords, I beg to move, That the Bill do now pass.

Moved, That the Bill do now pass.--(Lord Falconer of Thoroton.)

On Question, Bill passed, and returned to the Commons with amendments.

Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill

Returned from the Commons with certain amendments disagreed to with reasons; with certain amendments disagreed to but with amendments proposed in lieu thereof and with amendments to the words so restored to the Bill; with other amendments agreed to with amendments and with consequential amendments to the Bill; and with the remaining amendments agreed to; the Commons reasons and amendments ordered to be printed.

        House adjourned at eleven minutes past seven o'clock.

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