Coroners and Justice Bill — Clause 66 — Independent Commissioner for Terrorist Suspects — 9 Nov 2009 at 22:04

The majority of MPs voted against the creation of an "Independent Commissioner for Terrorist Suspects". MPs disagreed with Lords Amendment number 66 to the Coroners and Justice Bill which proposed inserting the following new clause[1]:
Independent Commissioner for Terrorist Suspects
  1. The Secretary of State shall appoint a person to be known as the Independent Commissioner for Terrorist Suspects (“the Commissioner”) and such appointment shall be subject to the approval of the Lord Chief Justice, and shall be on such terms as to length of service and remuneration as the Secretary of State shall determine.
  2. The principal function of the Commissioner shall be to monitor the detention and treatment of terrorist suspects held under section 41 of and Schedule 8 to the Terrorism Act 2000 (c. 11) and in particular to give the judicial authority such independent assistance as it may require in deciding whether or not to extend the period of detention, and to perform such other related functions as the Secretary of State may determine.
  3. In order to fulfil his functions under this section, the Commissioner shall be entitled to visit Paddington Green Police Station, and any other place of detention where terrorist suspects are held, so as to ensure that the questioning of suspects is being carried out diligently and expeditiously, and in accordance with the provisions of Schedule 8 to the Terrorism Act 2000 (c. 11) and PACE code H.
  4. Such visits shall take place at the discretion of the Commissioner and may be unannounced.
  5. The custody officer shall inform the Commissioner within 24 hours of a terrorist suspect being detained.
  6. The police shall give the Commissioner such assistance as he may reasonably require so that he can fulfil his functions under this section.
  7. The Commissioner shall be entitled to interview terrorist suspects with their consent and may require such interviews to take place in the absence of the police, and he may also attend interviews conducted by the police.
  8. The custody officer shall inform the Commissioner whenever the prosecution is to make an application for the extension of the period of detention and the Commissioner shall be entitled to be present at the hearing.
The Commissioner shall make an annual report to Parliament as to the carrying out of his functions under this section.
The Conservative Party abstained. See also: Exchanges in the Commons and Lords where the proposed role of "Independent Commissioner for Terrorist Suspects" has been mentioned.

The House divided: Ayes 290, Noes 67.

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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 are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.

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

PartyMajority (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Con0 201.0%
DUP1 0011.1%
Independent0 4066.7%
Lab289 (+2 tell) 2084.0%
LDem0 53 (+2 tell)087.3%
PC0 30100.0%
SDLP0 1033.3%
SNP0 2028.6%
Total:290 67057.0%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

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Jeremy CorbynIslington NorthLabno
John Martin McDonnellHayes and HarlingtonLabno

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