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Amendment proposed: No. 119, page 47, line 35, leave out 'Secretary of State' and insert
'Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales or the nominated senior judge'.— [David Howarth.]
The House divided: Ayes 269, Noes 331.
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Question accordingly negatived.
Amendments made: No. 70, page 47, leave out lines 37 to 40 and insert—
'( ) The Secretary of State must establish and maintain a list of coroners eligible to be appointed under this section ("the approved list").
( ) A coroner may be included on the approved list only with the agreement of the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales or the nominated senior judge.
(1) A person may be appointed under this section only if—
(a) the person is—
(i) a coroner on the approved list,
(ii) a puisne judge of the High Court in England and Wales, or
(iii) a circuit judge, and
(b) the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales or the nominated senior judge agrees to the person's appointment.'.
No. 71, page 48, line 14, at end insert—
'(5) A reference in a provision of this section or section 18C to "the nominated senior judge" is to the senior judge nominated by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales for the purposes of that provision.
(6) In subsection (5) "senior judge" means—
(a) the Master of the Rolls,
(b) the President of the Queen's Bench Division,
(c) the President of the Family Court,
(d) the Chancellor of the High Court, or
(e) a Lord Justice of Appeal in England and Wales.'.
No. 72, page 49, leave out lines 10 and 11.
No. 73, page 49, line 12, after 'coroner's', insert 'incapacity or'.
No. 74, page 49, line 15, at end insert—
'( ) The Secretary of State may revoke an appointment under subsection (1) only if the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales or the nominated senior judge agrees to the revocation.'.— [Mr. McNulty.]
Bill, as amended, to be further considered tomorrow.