POLICE (NORTHERN IRELAND) BILL [HL] -
LORDS CONSIDERATION OF COMMONS AMENDMENTS
20. The Committee reported on this bill in its
5th Report of this Session.
There was nothing to which the Committee wished to draw
the attention of the House. Some amendments affecting delegated
powers were made during the passage of the bill in the House of
Lords, but the Committee did not have the opportunity to report
21. The bill was amended in the Commons. Those
amendments (identified by reference to the list of Commons amendments
printed on 27 March) conferring or enlarging delegated powers
are: 13, 14, 15, 22, 23, 24 and 52. A supplementary delegated
powers memorandum, describing the amendments, has been provided
by the Northern Ireland Office and is printed at Annex 2 to this
22. We draw attention to the fact that amendment
22 includes a Henry VIII power (subsection (7) of the new clause).
The memorandum (at paragraph 13) describes the provisions in amendment
22 as enabling "the Policing Board for Northern Ireland,
at the request of the Chief Constable, to authorise in specified
circumstances limited appointments to the rank of constable in
the Police Service of Northern Ireland outside the 50:50 provisions
that generally apply to such appointments". The provisions
in amendment 22 expire two years after the bill obtains Royal
Assent. The Henry VIII power enables the Secretary of State by
order to extend that period for one further period of two years.
The negative procedure applies. Given the sensitivity of this
issue, we are not persuaded that the negative procedure provided
for by the bill is sufficient.
23. There is nothing further in the delegated
powers contained in the Commons amendments to which the Committee
wishes to draw the attention of the House.
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