Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] — 18 Dec 1997

Order for Second Reading read.

I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

The Bill marks another important step in the Government's programme for Northern Ireland. In line with the hopes and desires of the vast majority of the people in Northern Ireland, the Government are looking for a society at peace--a society governed by the rule of law and clear principles of democracy--which respects the rights and traditions of all its citizens.

The Stormont talks provide us with the opportunity to secure a just and enduring settlement, and we will continue to press forward with them. We will also continue to implement fair and effective policies on security, policing and public order. We need those for their own sakes, but we must also ensure that progress in one area is not threatened by festering disputes in others.

One such area of dispute in recent years has, of course, been parades. The majority of parades in Northern Ireland pass off peacefully, but when things go wrong and local accommodation cannot be reached, parades and the counter-demonstrations associated with them have the capacity to polarise opinion, raise community tensions and generate extremes of emotion. As we have seen all too often, they can degenerate into major flashpoints of civil disorder.

The Bill is born of the Government's desire to bring about accommodation and agreement where there are disputes over parades in Northern Ireland.

Mr. Norman A. Godman (Greenock and Inverclyde):

The Parades Commission will play an important role. I welcome the increase in the membership of the commission set out in schedule 1, but may I humbly and modestly suggest that three of the commissioners should be women and that one should be someone with a legal or judicial background?

He went on to say he was happy that his right hon. Friend the Member for Gorton had said that parts of the legislation would be replaced by a future Labour Government because

"the legislation attacks civil liberties."--[ Official Report , 30 April 1986; Vol. 96, c. 1068.]

In other words, if the commissioners do not like the people who are parading or what they stand for, they can place restrictions on the parade. It is wide open: those who are disliked can be stopped from parading--that is what the Bill would allow.

Question put, That the Bill be now read a Second time:--

The House divided: Ayes 159, Noes 7.

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Frank DoranAberdeen CentralLabaye
Mr Malcolm SavidgeAberdeen NorthLabaye
Anne BeggAberdeen SouthLab (minister)aye
Judy MallaberAmber ValleyLabaye
Michael ClaphamBarnsley West and PenistoneLabaye
John HuttonBarrow and FurnessLabaye
Angela SmithBasildonLabaye
Patrick HallBedfordLabaye
Mr Nigel BeardBexleyheath and CrayfordLabaye
Gisela StuartBirmingham, EdgbastonLab (minister)aye
Steve McCabeBirmingham, Hall GreenLab (minister)aye
Mr Terry DavisBirmingham, Hodge HillLabaye
Lynne JonesBirmingham, Selly OakLabaye
Ms Estelle MorrisBirmingham, YardleyLab (minister)aye
Gordon MarsdenBlackpool SouthLab (minister)aye
Mr John McWilliamBlaydonLabaye
Dennis SkinnerBolsoverLab (minister)aye
David CrausbyBolton North EastLab (minister)aye
Mr Richard BodyBoston and SkegnessConno
Andrew MacKayBracknellConaye
Barry GardinerBrent NorthLab (minister)aye
Ann KeenBrentford and IsleworthLabaye
Eric PicklesBrentwood and OngarCon (front bench)aye
David LepperBrighton, PavilionLabaye
Ms Jean CorstonBristol EastLabaye
Nick PalmerBroxtoweLabaye
Chris McCaffertyCalder ValleyLabaye
Mr Jon Owen JonesCardiff CentralLab (minister)aye
Alun MichaelCardiff South and PenarthLab (minister)aye
Mr Tony BennChesterfieldLabaye
Shona McIsaacCleethorpesLabaye
Mr Tony WorthingtonClydebank and MilngavieLab (minister)aye
Phil HopeCorbyLabaye
Bob AinsworthCoventry North EastLab (minister)aye
Laura MoffattCrawleyLabaye
Gwyneth DunwoodyCrewe and NantwichLabaye
Alan MilburnDarlingtonLab (minister)aye
Mrs Ann TaylorDewsburyLab (minister)aye
Caroline FlintDon ValleyLab (minister)aye
Rosie WintertonDoncaster CentralLabaye
Mr Kevin HughesDoncaster NorthLab (minister)aye
Gwyn ProsserDoverLabaye
Tessa JowellDulwich and West NorwoodLab (minister)aye
John McFallDumbartonLab (minister)tellaye
Mr Ernie RossDundee WestLabaye
Steve PoundEaling NorthLab (minister)aye
Piara S KhabraEaling, SouthallLabaye
Mr Roy BeggsEast AntrimUUPtellno
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Mr William RossEast LondonderryUUPno
Ian StewartEcclesLabaye
Andrew LoveEdmontonLab (minister)aye
Clive EffordElthamLab (minister)aye
Alan KeenFeltham and HestonLabaye
Rudi VisFinchley and Golders GreenLabaye
Paul ClarkGillinghamLabaye
Thomas McAvoyGlasgow RutherglenLab (minister)aye
David MarshallGlasgow ShettlestonLabaye
Ms Tess KinghamGloucesterLabaye
Martin CatonGowerLab (minister)aye
Mr Chris PondGraveshamLabaye
Dr Norman GodmanGreenock and InverclydeLabaye
Nick RaynsfordGreenwich and WoolwichLab (minister)aye
Diane AbbottHackney North and Stoke NewingtonLab (minister)aye
Mr Brian SedgemoreHackney South and ShoreditchLabaye
John ReidHamilton North and BellshillLab (minister)aye
Mr George RobertsonHamilton SouthLab (minister)aye
Glenda JacksonHampstead and HighgateLab (minister)aye
Tony McNultyHarrow EastLabaye
Gareth ThomasHarrow WestLab (minister)aye
Michael Jabez FosterHastings and RyeLabaye
John Martin McDonnellHayes and HarlingtonLabaye
Andrew StunellHazel GroveLDem (front bench)aye
Mr Tony McWalterHemel HempsteadLabaye
Paul KeetchHerefordLDemaye
Frank DobsonHolborn and St PancrasLab (minister)aye
John CryerHornchurchLab (minister)aye
Barry SheermanHuddersfieldLabaye
Greg PopeHyndburnLab (minister)aye
Mike GapesIlford SouthLabaye
Jeremy CorbynIslington NorthLabaye
Don TouhigIslwynLabaye
Ann CryerKeighleyLabaye
Edward DaveyKingston and SurbitonLDem (front bench)aye
Jeffrey M. DonaldsonLagan ValleyUUP (front bench)no
George MudieLeeds EastLab (minister)aye
Keith VazLeicester EastLabaye
Dr Jim MarshallLeicester SouthLabaye
Norman BakerLewesLDem (front bench)aye
Bridget PrenticeLewisham EastLab (minister)aye
Jim DowdLewisham WestLab (minister)aye
Joan RuddockLewisham, DeptfordLab (minister)aye
Louise EllmanLiverpool, RiversideLab (minister)aye
Peter KilfoyleLiverpool, WaltonLab (minister)aye
Ann WiddecombeMaidstone and The WealdConaye
Gerald KaufmanManchester, GortonLab (minister)aye
Alan MealeMansfieldLabaye
Robert Marshall-AndrewsMedwayLabaye
Phyllis StarkeyMilton Keynes South WestLabaye
Lembit ÖpikMontgomeryshireLDemaye
Mr David RendelNewburyLDemaye
Nick BrownNewcastle upon Tyne East and WallsendLab (minister)aye
Doug HendersonNewcastle upon Tyne NorthLab (minister)aye
Mr Alan HowarthNewport EastLab (minister)aye
Ian PaisleyNorth AntrimDUP (front bench)no
Malcolm MossNorth East CambridgeshireConaye
Mr Harry BarnesNorth East DerbyshireLabaye
Stephen ByersNorth TynesideLab (minister)aye
Hilary ArmstrongNorth West DurhamLab (minister)aye
Mr Tony ClarkeNorthampton SouthLabaye
Charles ClarkeNorwich SouthLabaye
John HeppellNottingham EastLabaye
Graham AllenNottingham NorthLab (minister)aye
Bill OlnerNuneatonLabaye
Mr Raymond PowellOgmoreLabaye
Phil WoolasOldham East and SaddleworthLabaye
Michael MeacherOldham West and RoytonLab (minister)aye
Andrew SmithOxford EastLab (minister)aye
Evan HarrisOxford West and AbingdonLDemaye
Ms Helen ClarkPeterboroughLabaye
Mr David JamiesonPlymouth, DevonportLab (minister)aye
Linda GilroyPlymouth, SuttonLabaye
Yvette CooperPontefract and CastlefordLab (minister)aye
Kim HowellsPontypriddLab (minister)aye
Mrs Jackie LawrencePreseli PembrokeshireLabaye
Mr Tony ColmanPutneyLabaye
Ms Jane GriffithsReading EastLabaye
Dr Mo MowlamRedcarLab (minister)aye
Jacqui SmithRedditchLabaye
Mrs Eileen GordonRomfordLabaye
Janet AndersonRossendale and DarwenLab (minister)tellaye
Mr Archy KirkwoodRoxburgh and BerwickshireLDem (front bench)aye
Mr Andy KingRugby and KenilworthLabaye
Hazel BlearsSalfordLab (minister)aye
John GroganSelbyLab (minister)aye
Clive BettsSheffield, AttercliffeLab (minister)aye
Mrs Helen JacksonSheffield, HillsboroughLabaye
Chris LeslieShipleyLab (minister)aye
Fiona MactaggartSloughLab (minister)aye
Mr John TaylorSolihullConaye
Mark ToddSouth DerbyshireLabaye
Eddie McGradySouth DownSDLPaye
Patrick CormackSouth StaffordshireCon (front bench)aye
Stephen LadymanSouth ThanetLabaye
Mrs Virginia BottomleySouth West SurreyCon (front bench)no
Dave WattsSt Helens NorthLab (minister)aye
Mr Tom PendryStalybridge and HydeLabaye
Ann CoffeyStockportLabaye
Mark FisherStoke-on-Trent CentralLab (minister)aye
John TaylorStrangfordUUPtellno
Keith HillStreathamLabaye
David DrewStroudLab (minister)aye
Brian JenkinsTamworthLabaye
Mr Peter BradleyThe WrekinLabaye
John StanleyTonbridge and MallingCon (front bench)aye
Paul MurphyTorfaenLab (minister)aye
Mr Keith DarvillUpminsterLabaye
Rt Hon David TrimbleUpper BannUUP (front bench)no
Anne McIntoshVale of YorkConaye
Angela EagleWallaseyLab (minister)aye
Bruce GeorgeWalsall SouthLabaye
Neil GerrardWalthamstowLabaye
John SpellarWarleyLab (minister)aye
Bob BlizzardWaveneyLabaye
John HealeyWentworthLab (minister)aye
Mr William ThompsonWest TyroneUUPno
Mr Roger CasaleWimbledonLabaye
Mr Terry LewisWorsleyLabaye
Peter BottomleyWorthing WestCon (front bench)aye
Mr David LockWyre ForestLabaye

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