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Attorney General's Discretion

Volume 114: debated on Wednesday 8 April 1987

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'In Part I of Schedule 4 to the 1978 Act there shall be added after Note 4 the following Note—

"5. For the avoidance of doubt it is declared that the Attorney General may, in considering whether to give a certificate under Note 1 or Note 2 above, take into consideration, without prejudice to any other matters, any grounds on which it appears to him that that offence could be tried otherwise than as a scheduled offence consistently with the interests of justice having regard to all the circumstances.".'. — [Mr. Molyneaux.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

Question put, That the clause be read a Second time:—

The House divided: Ayes 125, Noes 188.

Division No. 139]

[6.12 pm

AYES

Adams, Allen (Paisley N)Haynes, Frank
Alton, DavidHeffer, Eric S.
Archer, Rt Hon PeterHogg, N. (C'nauld & Kilsyth)
Ashdown, PaddyHowells, Geraint
Atkinson, N. (Tottenham)Hoyle, Douglas
Barnes, Mrs RosemaryHughes, Robert (Aberdeen N)
Barron, KevinHughes, Sean (Knowsley S)
Beckett, Mrs MargaretHughes, Simon (Southwark)
Beggs, RoyJenkins, Rt Hon Roy (Hillh'd)
Beith, A. J.Jones, Barry (Alyn & Deeside)
Benn, Rt Hon TonyKaufman, Rt Hon Gerald
Bennett, A. (Dent'n & Red'sh)Kennedy, Charles
Bermingham, GeraldKilfedder, James A.
Boyes, RolandKinnock, Rt Hon Neil
Brown, Hugh D. (Provan)Leighton, Ronald
Bruce, MalcolmLewis, Terence (Worsley)
Callaghan, Jim (Heyw'd & M)Livsey, Richard
Campbell-Savours, DaleMcCusker, Harold
Canavan, DennisMcDonald, Dr Oonagh
Carlile, Alexander (Montg'y)McKay, Allen (Penistone)
Carter-Jones, LewisMcNamara, Kevin
Clark, Dr David (S Shields)Madden, Max
Clay, RobertMaginnis, Ken
Clelland, David GordonMallon, Seamus
Clwyd, Mrs AnnMarek, Dr John
Cocks, Rt Hon M. (Bristol S)Marshall, David (Shettleston)
Cohen, HarryMartin, Michael
Coleman, DonaldMason, Rt Hon Roy
Cook, Frank (Stockton North)Maynard, Miss Joan
Corbett, RobinMeacher, Michael
Corbyn, JeremyMikardo, Ian
Cunningham, Dr JohnMillan, Rt Hon Bruce
Dalyell, TamMolyneaux, Rt Hon James
Davis, Terry (B'ham, H'ge H'l)Morris, Rt Hon J. (Aberavon)
Deakins, EricNellist, David
Dewar, DonaldOrme, Rt Hon Stanley
Dixon, DonaldOwen, Rt Hon Dr David
Dobson, FrankPark, George
Dormand, JackParry, Robert
Dubs, AlfredPike, Peter
Eastham, KenPowell, Rt Hon J. E.
Edwards, Bob (W'h'mpt'n SE)Powell, Raymond (Ogmore)
Fatchett, DerekPrescott, John
Fields, T. (L'pool Broad Gn)Radice, Giles
Fisher, MarkRichardson, Ms Jo
Flannery, MartinRoberts, Allan (Bootle)
Foot, Rt Hon MichaelRobertson, George
Foster, DerekRobinson, G. (Coventry NW)
Freud, ClementSheldon, Rt Hon R.
Garrett, W. E.Shields, Mrs Elizabeth
Godman, Dr NormanShore, Rt Hon Peter
Golding, Mrs LlinShort, Ms Clare (Ladywood)
Gould, BryanSkinner, Dennis
Hamilton, James (M'well N)Smith, C.(Isl'ton S & F'bury)
Hamilton, W. W. (Fife Central)Smith, Rt Hon J. (M'ds E)
Hardy, PeterSmyth, Rev W. M. (Belfast S)
Hattersley, Rt Hon RoySoley, Clive

Spearing, NigelWelsh, Michael
Strang, GavinWinnick, David
Taylor, MatthewYoung, David (Bolton SE)
Wainwright, R.
Walker, Cecil (Belfast N)Tellers for the Ayes:
Wallace, JamesMr. Ron Davies and Mr. Lawrence Cunliffe.
Warden, Gareth (Gower)
Wareing, Robert

NOES

Alexander, RichardHenderson, Barry
Amess, DavidHicks, Robert
Ancram, MichaelHind, Kenneth
Ashby, DavidHirst, Michael
Atkins, Robert (South Ribble)Holt, Richard
Atkinson, David (B'm'th E)Howell, Ralph (Norfolk, N)
Baker, Nicholas (Dorset N)Irving, Charles
Baldry, TonyJopling, Rt Hon Michael
Batiste, SpencerKing, Rt Hon Tom
Beaumont-Dark, AnthonyKnight, Greg (Derby N)
Bellingham, HenryKnox, David
Benyon, WilliamLang, Ian
Biffen, Rt Hon JohnLatham, Michael
Biggs-Davison, Sir JohnLawrence, Ivan
Blackburn, JohnLewis, Sir Kenneth (Stamf'd)
Blaker, Rt Hon Sir PeterLightbown, David
Bonsor, Sir NicholasLilley, Peter
Boscawen, Hon RobertLloyd, Sir Ian (Havant)
Bottomley, PeterLloyd, Peter (Fareham)
Bottomley, Mrs VirginiaLuce, Rt Hon Richard
Bowden, Gerald (Dulwich)Lyell, Nicholas
Braine, Rt Hon Sir BernardMcCrindle, Robert
Brinton, TimMcCurley, Mrs Anna
Brooke, Hon PeterMacfarlane, Neil
Brown, M. (Brigg & Cl'thpes)MacGregor, Rt Hon John
Bryan, Sir PaulMacKay, Andrew (Berkshire)
Buck, Sir AntonyMaclean, David John
Budgen, NickMcLoughlin, Patrick
Bulmer, EsmondMcNair-Wilson, M. (N'bury)
Butterfill, JohnMcQuarrie, Albert
Carlisle, John (Luton N)Madel, David
Carlisle, Kenneth (Lincoln)Malins, Humfrey
Carlisle, Rt Hon M. (W'ton S)Malone, Gerald
Chapman, SydneyMaples, John
Clark, Hon A. (Plym'th S'n)Marlow, Antony
Clark, Sir W. (Croydon S)Mather, Sir Carol
Clarke, Rt Hon K. (Rushcliffe)Maude, Hon Francis
Cockeram, EricMawhinney, Dr Brian
Colvin, MichaelMaxwell-Hyslop, Robin
Conway, DerekMayhew, Sir Patrick
Coombs, SimonMellor, David
Cope, JohnMerchant, Piers
Cormack, PatrickMeyer, Sir Anthony
Couchman, JamesMiller, Hal (B'grove)
Crouch, DavidMills, Iain (Meriden)
Dorrell, StephenMills, Sir Peter (West Devon)
Douglas-Hamilton, Lord J.Moate, Roger
Dykes, HughMoynihan, Hon C.
Eyre, Sir ReginaldMudd, David
Fairbairn, NicholasNelson, Anthony
Fallon, MichaelNeubert, Michael
Farr, Sir JohnNicholls, Patrick
Finsberg, Sir GeoffreyOnslow, Cranley
Fletcher, Sir AlexanderOppenheim, Phillip
Fookes, Miss JanetOsborn, Sir John
Forsyth, Michael (Stirling)Ottaway, Richard
Forth, EricPage, Sir John (Harrow W)
Fox, Sir MarcusPage, Richard (Herts SW)
Garel-Jones, TristanPawsey, James
Gilmour, Rt Hon Sir IanPeacock, Mrs Elizabeth
Gower, Sir RaymondPowell, William (Corby)
Griffiths, Sir EldonPowley, John
Hamilton, Neil (Tatton)Price, Sir David
Hargreaves, KennethPym, Rt Hon Francis
Harris, DavidRaffan, Keith
Havers, Rt Hon Sir MichaelRaison, Rt Hon Timothy
Hawkins, Sir Paul (N'folk SW)Renton, Tim
Hayward, RobertRhodes James, Robert
Heathcoat-Amory, DavidRidsdale, Sir Julian
Heddle, JohnRossi, Sir Hugh

Rowe, AndrewTemple-Morris, Peter
Ryder, RichardTerlezki, Stefan
Sackville, Hon ThomasThomas, Rt Hon Peter
Sainsbury, Hon TimothyThompson, Patrick (N'ich N)
Sayeed, JonathanThorne, Neil (Ilford S)
Scott, NicholasThornton, Malcolm
Shaw, Sir Michael (Scarb')Townend, John (Bridlington)
Shelton, William (Streatham)van Straubenzee, Sir W.
Shepherd, Colin (Hereford)Waddington, Rt Hon David
Shepherd, Richard (Aldridge)Walden, George
Silvester, FredWalker, Bill (T'side N)
Sims, RogerWard, John
Skeet, Sir TrevorWardle, C. (Bexhill)
Smith, Tim (Beaconsfield)Warren, Kenneth
Speller, TonyWatts, John
Spencer, DerekWells, Bowen (Hertford)
Spicer, Jim (Dorset W)Wheeler, John
Squire, RobinWhitfield, John
Stanbrook, IvorWinterton, Nicholas
Stanley, Rt Hon JohnWood, Timothy
Stern, MichaelWoodcock, Michael
Stevens, Lewis (Nuneaton)Young, Sir George (Acton)
Stewart, Andrew (Sherwood)
Stradling Thomas, Sir JohnTellers for the Noes:
Sumberg, DavidMr. Tony Durant and Mr. Mark Lennox-Boyd
Taylor, Teddy (S'end E)

Question accordingly negatived.