Amendment 25

Part of Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee (Continued) – in the House of Lords at 11:00 pm on 15th July 2019.

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Lord Black of Brentwood:

Moved by Lord Black of Brentwood

25: After Clause 9, insert the following new Clause—“Extension of the Defamation Act 2013(1) The Secretary of State must make regulations to change the law relating to defamation in Northern Ireland to provide that the Defamation Act 2013 is extended to Northern Ireland.(2) Regulations under this section must be in force no later than 21 October 2019, subject to subsections (3) and (4).(3) A statutory instrument containing regulations under subsection (1)—(a) must be laid before both Houses of Parliament;(b) is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.(4) If a Northern Ireland Executive is formed before the regulations under this section come into force, any regulations made under this section and any extant obligations arising under subsection (1) shall cease to have effect.”