House of Commons (Removal of Clergy Disqualification) Bill — Removal of disqualification of clergy — 1 Mar 2001
Considered in Committee, pursuant to Order [6 February].
I beg to move amendment No. 14, in page 1, line 5, at beginning insert "Subject to subsection (1A),".
With this it will be convenient to discuss the following amendments: No. 13, in page 1, line 6, after "ordained", insert--
Although I have no experience as a parliamentary draftsman, my concern--I asked the right hon. Lady about this--is that the wording of amendment No. 15, against which I shall happily vote regardless of whether it is the subject of a three-line Whip or is a free vote, as I believe it should be because it is a matter of conscience, would harm the interests of former priests. That is a serious charge to lay against the right hon. Lady, whose attention I do not expect to receive, although I am glad that her hon. Friend, the hon. Member for Buckingham (Mr. Bercow), is listening.
The Government share that view.
The Committee divided: Ayes 17, Noes 264.
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