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Part of Crime and Courts Bill [HL] – in the House of Lords at 9:30 pm on 4th December 2012.

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Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip) 9:30 pm, 4th December 2012

My Lords, this amendment concerns the security arrangements for the UK Supreme Court. As the noble Lord, Lord Pannick, has so elegantly explained, Amendment 112 would provide UK Supreme Court security officers with powers similar to those of court security officers appointed by the Lord Chancellor in accordance with the Courts Act 2003 in England and Wales and would address that gap.

The Government accept that UK Supreme Court security officers should have the same broad powers as court security officers in England and Wales, subject to appropriate safeguards, including in respect to training and security clearance. Having looked at the amendment, the Government are happy to commend it to the House.

Amendment 112 agreed.

Amendment 112A

Moved by Lord Pannick

112A: Before Clause 23, insert the following new Clause-

"Chief Executive of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

(1) The Constitutional Reform Act 2005 is amended as follows.

(2) For section 48(2) (chief executive), substitute-

"(2) The President of the Supreme Court shall appoint the Chief Executive in accordance with the arrangements for the time being in force for the selection of persons to be employed in the civil service of the State."

(3) In section 49(2) (officers and staff), omit the words "with the agreement of the Lord Chancellor.""