Schedule 9 — Amendment to Part 2 of the Public Order Act 1986 etc

Part of Major Capital Contracts (Skills Training Requirements) – in the House of Commons at 8:15 pm on 2nd March 2010.

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Amendment proposed: 10, in page 95, line 21, leave out from 'procession' to end of line 18 on page 55 and insert

'or a public assembly that is having the effect of preventing reasonable access to the Houses of Parliament.

(2) The Speaker of the House of Commons shall decide whether reasonable access to the Houses of Parliament has been prevented.

(3) If the Speaker has decided under subsection (2) that reasonable access to the Houses of Parliament has been prevented, the senior police officer may, for the purpose of restoring reasonable access to the Houses of Parliament, give directions to any person who is organising or taking part in the public procession or public assembly.

(4) The directions referred to in subsection (3) must be necessary for the purpose of restoring access to the Houses of Parliament and proportionate to that purpose.'.- (David Howarth.)

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The House proceeded to a Division.