Clause 91

Counter-Terrorism Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:30 pm on 15 May 2008.

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

Photo of Douglas Hogg Douglas Hogg Conservative, Sleaford and North Hykeham

I want to refer to a point that I have already made, namely that the Bill applies to every part of the United Kingdom. The debate has conducted largely by hon. Members who represent constituencies in England and Wales, and it is of course true that those parts of the UK are perhaps the most primarily affected, but I am uneasy about the fact that so far as I am aware, we have had no contribution of any kind from the Northern Ireland Office. While I acknowledge that there is an hon. Member—[Interruption.]—no, my hon. Friend the Member for Reigate is not a Northern Ireland spokesman. While I acknowledge the fact that there is a Scottish member of the Committee, that hon. Member has not played a huge part in the debate, and I am uneasy about that. We are legislating without input from other parts of the United Kingdom. I therefore suggest that as a matter of general practice, we should invite written evidence from the relevant Departments—in this case the Scotland Office and the Northern Ireland Office—with regard to the clauses that bite on Northern Ireland and Scotland. It is unsatisfactory that the Committee has had no substantive input from those two Departments, when the Bill affects them.

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

I certainly do not agree with that in the case of Scotland. We had, by common consent, a very productive and illuminating session with the Lord Advocate, who more than adequately covered most of the Scottish dimension. I am not, on this occasion, offending the hon. Member for Reigate, but the usual channels were asked by the Democratic Unionist party, “If your side would give up one place for the DUP because of the Northern Ireland dimension—” [Interruption] They were asked, because they made the same recommendation. It worked for Plaid Cymru, so I ask the right hon. and learned Gentleman look to the mote in his own eye.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 91 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 92 ordered to stand part of the Bill.