Civil Aviation Bill — Aircraft involved in acts of rendition — 28 Mar 2006 at 20:12

Lord Williamson of Horton voted in the minority (Content).

moved Amendment No. 6:

After Clause 11, insert the following new clause-

"AIRCRAFT INVOLVED IN ACTS OF RENDITION

(1) If the Secretary of State is aware of intelligence that any aircraft entering British airspace is being, has been or may be involved in an act of unlawful rendition then he may require that aircraft to land at a designated suitable airport.

(2) If any plane is required to land in accordance with subsection (1) a responsible person shall as soon as practicable-

(a) enter the aircraft; or

(b) arrange for a police constable or authorised officer of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs to enter the aircraft.

(3) If the Secretary of State or other responsible person is aware of intelligence that an aircraft using airport facilities in the United Kingdom is being, has been or may be involved in an act of unlawful rendition then a responsible person may make arrangements to-

(a) enter the aircraft; or

(b) arrange for a police constable or an authorised officer of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs to enter the aircraft.

(4) A person who enters an aircraft under subsection (2) or (3) shall endeavour to ascertain-

(a) whether the aircraft is being, has been or may be used for an act of unlawful rendition;

(b) whether a criminal offence has been committed;

(c) whether allowing the aircraft to continue could place the United Kingdom in breach of its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights;

and for these purposes the person may search the aircraft.

(5) In order to comply with a power under subsection (4) any item may be removed from the aircraft.

(6) For the purposes of this section-

"an act of unlawful rendition" is an act involving the transportation of a person to a territory where international human rights standards, in particular protections against torture and inhuman and degrading treatment, are not observed, such transportation not being in accordance with formal lawful extradition or deportation procedures;

"a responsible person" means-

(a) the chief officer of police of a police force maintained for a police area in England and Wales;

(b) the chief constable of a police force maintained under the Police (Scotland) Act 1967 (c. 77);

(c) the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland;

(d) one of the Commissioners for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs."

On Question, Whether the said amendment (No. 6) shall be agreed to?

Their Lordships divided: Contents, 58; Not-Contents, 84.

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Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (Not-Content)Minority (Content)Turnout
Con0 136.2%
Green0 1100.0%
Lab82 (+2 tell) 139.9%
LDem0 27 (+2 tell)39.2%
UUP0 133.3%
Crossbench0 147.8%
Total:82 5721.1%

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Lord Archer of SandwellLabaye

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