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The Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Guidelines) Order 2005

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Statutory Instruments

2005 No. 905

NORTHERN IRELAND

The Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Guidelines) Order 2005

Made

23rd March 2005

Laid before Parliament

24th March 2005

Coming into force

15th April 2005

Whereas—

(1) in pursuance of subsection (2)(a) of section 5 of the Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998(1)(“the 1998 Act”) the Parades Commission for Northern Ireland (“the Commission”) is required to keep under review the guidelines (“guidelines”) issued under that section as to the exercise of its functions under sections 8 and 9A of the 1998 Act(2);

(2) in pursuance of subsection(2)(b) of that section the Commission may from time to time revise the whole or any part of the guidelines and issue the revised guidelines;

(3) in pursuance of paragraph 5 of Schedule 2 to the 1998 Act(3), the Commission has prepared a draft of the revised guidelines, submitted the draft to the Secretary of State made such modifications to the draft as the Secretary of State, after consultation with the Commission, required;

(4) in pursuance of paragraph 7 of Schedule 2 to the 1998 Act, the Commission has sent the draft guidelines to the Secretary of State who has laid the draft before each House of Parliament:

Now, therefore, the Secretary of State, in exercise of the powers conferred upon him by paragraph 8 of Schedule 2 to the 1998 Act, hereby makes the following Order:

(2)

Section 9A of the 1998 Act (Commission’s powers to impose conditions on public protests) was inserted by Article 4(1) of the Public Processions (Amendment)(Northern Ireland) Order 2005 (S.I. 2005/857 (N.I. 2)) (“2005 Order”).

(3)

Article 7 of the 2005 Order modifies the procedure in paragraphs 5 and 6 of Schedule 2 to the 1998 Act which the Parades Commission must follow for the first revision of the Code of Conduct, procedural rules and guidelines after the coming into operation of the 2005 Order to provide for a fast- track procedure in relation to this revision only.

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