Clause 21 - Rules of court

Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:46 am on 16 July 2013.

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

Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering

With this it will be convenient to discuss that the schedule be the schedule to the Bill.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

The provisions have two purposes. The first, addressed in paragraphs 1 and 2 of the schedule, is to rectify an error in the provisions for  making court rules to deal with an excepted matter in Northern Ireland following the devolution of policing in 2010. In other words, this is a tidying-up exercise.

The schedule’s second purpose is to make changes to the rule-making procedures for the magistrates court, county court and inquests to bring such procedures into line with the other court rule-making procedures. We expect the legislative consent motion to be secured before the Bill goes to the Lords.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 21 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Schedule agreed to.