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Justice and Security Bill

Peers completed day one of report-stage scrutiny of the Justice and Security Bill on 19 November 2012.

The debate focused on amendments relating to the Intelligence and Security Committee, which is to be given greater powers to solicit information from the security services.

There were no votes during this part of the debate. The government accepted an amendment by crossbencher Lord Butler of Brockwell to remove the word "a draft of the report" from the bill.

"The committee does not and never has submitted a draft of the report. It submits its report and the prime minister can then ask for certain redactions to be made before it is made public, but it is by no means provisional," he said.

Earlier on, Labour peer Lord Campbell-Savours proposed an amendment to make the ISC a parliamentary select committee, but peers rejected his idea by a majority of 85.

The bill aims to allow sensitive material to be examined as evidence in civil proceedings, without that material being made available to the general public.

It allows for:

• closed material procedures be extended to all civil contexts other than inquests, with the decision to withhold sensitive material taken by a minister

• the clarification of the legal obligations of the courts to summarise sensitive material to interested party when closed material procedures are used

The proposals have been strongly criticised by civil rights groups Amnesty, Liberty and Reprieve, who are opposed to the use of withheld evidence in civil cases and the power the changes will give ministers.

The bill applies to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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