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Clause 65

Part of Counter-Terrorism Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:45 pm on 13th May 2008.

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Photo of Douglas Hogg Douglas Hogg Conservative, Sleaford and North Hykeham 6:45 pm, 13th May 2008

I will comment on two matters which fall within this group of amendments. First, on the regulations, I agree with my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Beaconsfield that it is highly desirable that the regulations should be subject to the affirmative resolution procedure and not to any other.

Secondly, remuneration. It is very important that we should keep in mind public confidence, and it would be very undesirable in those terms if the specially-appointed coroner were paid a remuneration out of kilter with that paid to ordinary coroners, especially if the specially-appointed coroner were paid a great deal more. I can see the public—Mr. al-Fayed, for example—complaining  like anything and suggesting that the specially-appointed coroner was being bribed, or something of the kind. What is required is something like that which is provided for in my amendment No. 233, which has not been selected, namely that the level of remuneration should be agreed prior to the appointment by the Lord Chief Justice. If that were the case, I think it would be extremely difficult to make the criticism that might otherwise be made, but I do think that we have to address the question of remuneration and put in place some mechanism to prevent anybody crying foul.