Clause 21

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:30 pm on 13 July 2006.

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Photo of Eric Martlew Eric Martlew Labour, Carlisle

With this it will be convenient to discuss Government amendments Nos. 163 and 164.

Photo of Joan Ryan Joan Ryan Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The amendments modify clause 21 to allow the Secretary of State to prescribe additional requirements that must be fulfilled before a person is regarded as being subject to monitoring within the  meaning of clause 21. The current criteria are that the individual is not barred and has satisfied the prescribed identification and application requirements. Only a person who is subject to monitoring may engage in regulated activity for a regulated activity provider. Amendment No. 162 widens clause 21(1)(c) so that the prescribed requirements do not relate merely to identification. Amendments Nos. 163 and 164 make consequential changes to the other parts of the clause that relate to identification.

The amendments would allow requirements to be added to the identification requirements that must be satisfied before a person is subject to monitoring and may therefore engage in regulated activity. That will ensure that the scheme can continue to build on wider developments, such as the development of new police systems. I therefore ask that hon. Members accept the amendments.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendments made: No. 163, in clause 21, page 14, line 26, leave out ‘If the prescribed identification’ and insert

‘The prescribed requirements may include requirements as to the manner in which the applicant must prove his identity (identification requirements); and if such’.

No. 164, in clause 21, page 14, line 31, leave out ‘prescribed’.—[Joan Ryan.]

Clause 21, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 22 to 25 ordered to stand part of the Bill.