Clause 18 - Immunity from Prosecution

Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill – in the House of Commons at 7:00 pm on 29th June 2022.

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Amendment proposed: 97, page 16, line 30, at end insert—

“(6) If Condition C is not met because P’s account is found by the panel to be not true to the best of P’s knowledge and belief, the Chief Commissioner must direct the Commissioner for Investigations to submit a prosecution file to the Public Prosecution Service for consideration and direction.”—(Gavin Robinson.)

This amendment is intended to reduce the risk of claimants deliberately misleading the panel.

Question put, That the amendment be made.

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Aye: 192 MPs

No: 269 MPs

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The Committee divided: Ayes 191, Noes 271.

Question accordingly negatived.

Amendment proposed: 98, page 16, line 30, at end insert—

“(6A) Condition D: P has not fled the jurisdiction of any court in the United Kingdom [or Ireland] after being arrested or charged or being the subject of a warrant issued in connection with any Troubles-related offence.”—(Gavin Robinson.)

This amendment is intended to prevent the grant of immunity to any person subject to active proceedings who has moved abroad to escape prosecution.

Question put, That the amendment be made.

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Aye: 174 MPs

No: 267 MPs

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Abstained: 1 MP

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The Committee divided: Ayes 175, Noes 271.

Question accordingly negatived.

Amendment made: 115, page 17, line 7, at end insert—

‘(12A) But certain offences of sexual violence listed in Schedule (Exempt offences) must not be treated as within the scope of immunity from prosecution.’—(Peter Kyle.)

Question put (single Question on successive provisions of the Bill), That clause 18, as amended, and clauses 19 to 25 stand part of the Bill; that schedules 5 and 6 be the Fifth and Sixth schedules to the Bill; that clauses 26 and 27 stand part of the Bill; that schedule 7 be the Seventh schedule to the Bill; and that clauses 28 to 32 stand part of the Bill.

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Aye: 271 MPs

No: 206 MPs

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The Committee divided: Ayes 273, Noes 205.

Question accordingly agreed to.

Clause 18, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 19 to 25 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Schedules 5 and 6 agreed to.

Clauses 26 and 27 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Schedule 7 agreed to.

Clauses 28 to 32 ordered to stand part of the Bill.