Clause 6 - Concurrent powers and powers of direction

Identity and Language (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] – in the House of Commons at 3:45 pm on 26 October 2022.

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Amendment proposed: 13, page 12, line 2, at end insert—

“(3A) In the case of the absence of compliance with regard to identity and language functions by a Northern Ireland Minister or Northern Ireland department, the Secretary of State must—

(a) act to appoint an Irish Language Commissioner within 30 days, in the case of the First Minister and deputy First Minister not acting jointly to appoint an Irish Language Commissioner as laid out in section 78J of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (as inserted by section 2 of this Act) within 30 days of the legislation coming into force or a vacancy arising;

(b) act within 30 days to approve the best practice standards submitted by the Irish Language Commissioner with or without modifications, in the case of the First Minister and deputy First Minister not approving best practice standards submitted under section 78M of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (as inserted by section 2 of this Act) within 30 days.”—(Claire Hanna.)

These step-in powers for the Secretary of State include a timescale whereby a decision by him or her must be taken. With this amendment the Secretary of State must act within 30 days of progress being restrained.

Question put, That the amendment be made.

Division number 79 Identity and Language (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] — Clause 6 - Concurrent powers and powers of direction

Aye: 129 MPs

No: 278 MPs

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The Committee divided: Ayes 129, Noes 279.

Question accordingly negatived.

Clauses 6 to 11 ordered to stand part of the Bill.