New Clause 8 — Appointments to the Police Service of Northern Ireland

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] – in the House of Commons at 5:29 pm on 27th March 2003.

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'In the event that—

(a) the Chief Constable is unable to appoint his required number of police trainees or police support staff, or

(b) the number of serving officers is below that intended at the time of consideration

the Secretary of State shall, at the request of a majority of the Police Board and acting on the recommendation of the Chief Constable, make an Order to suspend the provisions of section 46 of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000 (c.32) for a period of six months.'.—[Mr. John Taylor.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

Motion made, and Question put, That the clause be read a Second time:—

The House divided: Ayes 139, Noes 229.

Division number 147

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Question accordingly negatived.