Schedule 2 — Judicial Appointments Commission

Orders of the Day — Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill – in the House of Commons at 6:00 pm on 4th March 2002.

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Amendment made: No. 174, in page 75, line 12, leave out "lay member or" and insert—

'member of the Commission and, unless he is a lay member,'.—[Mr. Browne.]

Amendment proposed: No. 169, in page 4, line 35, at end insert—

'(8A) Without prejudice to subsection (8), the Commission must, as far as practicable, exercise its functions to select persons to be appointed or recommended for appointment in order to secure that the judiciary is reflective of the community in Northern Ireland.'.—[Mr. Mallon.]

Question put, That the amendment be made:—

The House divided: Ayes 33, Noes 302.

Division number 176 Orders of the Day — Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill — Schedule 2 — Judicial Appointments Commission

Aye: 33 MPs

No: 302 MPs

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Question accordingly negatived.

Photo of Eric Forth Eric Forth Conservative, Bromley and Chislehurst

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Can you confirm that there is nothing to prevent a Minister from approaching the Chair, even at this stage in our proceedings, and requesting that a statement be scheduled at the conclusion of our business at 10 o'clock? This is an important Bill, and I could understand Ministers not wanting to interrupt our consideration of it, but you will be aware that here has been some fresh news concerning the suspension on full pay of the head of media at the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions—a matter referred to by the Secretary of State in his statement last week—and I wondered whether you could confirm, to help Ministers, that there is no procedural obstacle to a statement being scheduled for 10 o'clock, to keep the House informed of developments.

Photo of Alan Haselhurst Alan Haselhurst Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Ways and Means

The right hon. Gentleman has been helpful in setting out that point, and there is very little that I can add, other than that the Speaker would have to be consulted about any such arrangement.