Schedule 8

Part of Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 9:00 am ar 22 Tachwedd 2007.

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Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice 9:00, 22 Tachwedd 2007

This is a series of technical amendments to clarify the extent of the provisions in part 4. Much of the commissioner’s remit with respect to deaths will be confined to England and Wales but, as immigration matters will remain the responsibility of Parliament and are not devolved to Scotland and Northern Ireland, the commissioner’s complaints remit in respect of such matters will extend throughout the UK. Deaths in immigration custody in Northern Ireland will also come within the commissioner’s deaths remit. The amendments preserve the primacy of the Lord Advocate in the investigation of deaths in Scotland. The amendments ensure that the dividing line is drawn in the right place. I am happy to answer any challenges that hon. Members may have, and to explain the extent and purpose of each amendment. However, the purpose of all of them is to clarify the extent of the commissioner’s power.