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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Diane AbbottHackney North and Stoke NewingtonLab (minister)aye
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Janet AndersonRossendale and DarwenLab (minister)tellaye
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Bob BlizzardWaveneyLabaye
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Neil GerrardWalthamstowLabaye
Linda GilroyPlymouth, SuttonLabaye
Dr Norman GodmanGreenock and InverclydeLabaye
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Patrick HallBedfordLabaye
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Doug HendersonNewcastle upon Tyne NorthLab (minister)aye
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Brian JenkinsTamworthLabaye
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Lynne JonesBirmingham, Selly OakLabaye
Tessa JowellDulwich and West NorwoodLab (minister)aye
Gerald KaufmanManchester, GortonLab (minister)aye
Alan KeenFeltham and HestonLabaye
Ann KeenBrentford and IsleworthLabaye
Paul KeetchHerefordLDemaye
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Peter KilfoyleLiverpool, WaltonLab (minister)aye
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Ms Tess KinghamGloucesterLabaye
Mr Archy KirkwoodRoxburgh and BerwickshireLDem (front bench)aye
Stephen LadymanSouth ThanetLabaye
Mrs Jackie LawrencePreseli PembrokeshireLabaye
David LepperBrighton, PavilionLabaye
Chris LeslieShipleyLab (minister)aye
Mr Terry LewisWorsleyLabaye
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Fiona MactaggartSloughLab (minister)aye
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Gordon MarsdenBlackpool SouthLab (minister)aye
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Robert Marshall-AndrewsMedwayLabaye
Thomas McAvoyGlasgow RutherglenLab (minister)aye
Steve McCabeBirmingham, Hall GreenLab (minister)aye
Chris McCaffertyCalder ValleyLabaye
John Martin McDonnellHayes and HarlingtonLabaye
John McFallDumbartonLab (minister)tellaye
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Shona McIsaacCleethorpesLabaye
Tony McNultyHarrow EastLabaye
Mr Tony McWalterHemel HempsteadLabaye
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Michael MeacherOldham West and RoytonLab (minister)aye
Alan MealeMansfieldLabaye
Alun MichaelCardiff South and PenarthLab (minister)aye
Alan MilburnDarlingtonLab (minister)aye
Laura MoffattCrawleyLabaye
Ms Estelle MorrisBirmingham, YardleyLab (minister)aye
Malcolm MossNorth East CambridgeshireConaye
Dr Mo MowlamRedcarLab (minister)aye
George MudieLeeds EastLab (minister)aye
Paul MurphyTorfaenLab (minister)aye
Bill OlnerNuneatonLabaye
Lembit ÖpikMontgomeryshireLDemaye
Nick PalmerBroxtoweLabaye
Mr Tom PendryStalybridge and HydeLabaye
Eric PicklesBrentwood and OngarCon (front bench)aye
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Greg PopeHyndburnLab (minister)aye
Steve PoundEaling NorthLab (minister)aye
Mr Raymond PowellOgmoreLabaye
Bridget PrenticeLewisham EastLab (minister)aye
Gwyn ProsserDoverLabaye
Nick RaynsfordGreenwich and WoolwichLab (minister)aye
John ReidHamilton North and BellshillLab (minister)aye
Mr David RendelNewburyLDemaye
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Joan RuddockLewisham, DeptfordLab (minister)aye
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Mark ToddSouth DerbyshireLabaye
Don TouhigIslwynLabaye
Keith VazLeicester EastLabaye
Rudi VisFinchley and Golders GreenLabaye
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Ian PaisleyNorth AntrimDUP (front bench)no
Mr William RossEast LondonderryUUPno
John TaylorStrangfordUUPtellno
Mr William ThompsonWest TyroneUUPno
Rt Hon David TrimbleUpper BannUUP (front bench)no

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