Friday, 30 November 2012

Justice and Security Bill ...baton passed to Commons......

The Justice and Security Bill has passed the Lords and has been sent to the Commons - without HMG committing to adopt the amendments made at Report - just a promise to carefully consider etc.....I can see some legislative ping pong coming up....

Justice and Security Bill [HL]
Third Reading
3.39 pm
The Advocate-General for Scotland (Lord Wallace
of Tankerness): My Lords, I have it in command from
Her Majesty the Queen to acquaint the House that
Her Majesty, having been informed of the purport
of the Justice and Security Bill, has consented to place
her prerogative and interest, so far as they are affected
by the Bill, at the disposal of Parliament for the
purposes of the Bill.
A privilege amendment was made.
Moved by Lord Wallace of Tankerness
That the Bill do now pass.
Lord Beecham: My Lords, I apologise for my rush
to the Dispatch Box. Have the Government reached
any conclusions about the amendments passed by
your Lordships’ House last week in respect of which
the Deputy Prime Minister and the noble and learned
Lord expressed a good deal of sympathy? Is that
sympathy now to be translated into an acceptance of
the amendments passed—or, indeed, in the form of
fresh amendments to be moved by the Government in
the House of Commons; and, if so, on what lines will
they be?
LordWallace of Tankerness: My Lords, I think that
I indicated last week that the Government want to give
very careful consideration to amendments that were
passed by considerable majorities in your Lordships’
House on Report. The Government will address them,
give them serious consideration and no doubt make
their position plain in the other place, bearing in mind
that the amendmentswere based on the recommendations
of the report of the Joint Committee on Human
Rights. It is certainly the Government’s intention to
respond to that report in a timely way.
Bill passed and sent to the Commons.

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