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Clause 67

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

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Inquests: intercept evidence

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State (Security, Counter-terrorism, Crime and Policing), Home Office

I beg to move amendment No. 177, in clause 67, page 48, line 22, after ‘1988’ insert

‘or section 18A of the Coroners Act (Northern Ireland) 1959’.

Photo of Edward O'Hara Edward O'Hara Labour, Knowsley South

With this it will be convenient to discuss Government new clause 6—Certificate requiring inquest to be held without a jury: Northern Ireland.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State (Security, Counter-terrorism, Crime and Policing), Home Office

Briefly, the amendment will ensure that the amendments to the Regulation of Investigatory  Powers Act 2000 contained in clause 67, which make intercept material admissible at inquest proceedings, also extend to Northern Ireland. New clause 6 will insert a new section in the Coroners Act (Northern Ireland) 1959, making provisions equivalent to clause 64, which we have discussed, for Northern Ireland. It will enable the Secretary of State to certify that an inquest will involve

“the consideration of material that should not be made public”.

When a certificate has effect, an inquest must be held or continued without a jury. Effectively, the new clause means that clause 64, as agreed to by the Committee, should also apply to Northern Ireland. These are entirely technical, nay territorial, changes, and I commend them to the Committee.

Amendment agreed to.

Question proposed, That the clause, as amended, stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Attorney General

As a matter of consistency, I will be voting against clause 67, as it follows from the other clauses that we voted against, whereas the previous clause on inquiries was quite different.

Question put, That the clause, as amended, stand part of the Bill.

The Committee divided: Ayes 10, Noes 6.

Division number 11 Nimrod Review — Statement — Clause 67

Aye: 10 MPs

No: 6 MPs

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Question accordingly agreed to.

Clause 67, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Further consideration adjourned.—[Mr. Campbell.]

Adjourned accordingly at six minutes to Seven o’clock till Thursday 15 May at Nine o’clock.