To move the following Clause—
“Power of Secretary of State to bring proceedings
Subsection (4) applies where—
the Secretary of State reasonably believes that one or more persons are carrying out, or are likely to carry out, activities related to a protest, and
the condition in subsection (2) or (3) is met.
The condition in this subsection is that the Secretary of State reasonably believes that the activities are causing, or are likely to cause, serious disruption to—
the use or operation of any key national infrastructure in England and Wales, or
access to any essential goods, or to any essential service, in England and Wales.
The condition in this subsection is that the Secretary of State reasonably believes that the activities are having, or are likely to have, a serious adverse effect on public safety in England and Wales.
Where this subsection applies and the Secretary of State considers that it is expedient in the public interest to do so, the Secretary of State may bring civil proceedings relating to the activities in the name of the Secretary of State.
Before bringing proceedings under subsection (4) in relation to any activities the Secretary of State must consult such persons (if any) as the Secretary of State considers appropriate, having regard to any persons who may also bring civil proceedings in relation to those activities.
The bringing of proceedings by the Secretary of State under subsection (4) in relation to any activities does not affect the ability of any other person to bring civil proceedings in relation to those activities.
The reference in subsection (1)(a) to “activities” does not include a reference to activities carried out or likely to be carried out wholly or mainly in contemplation or furtherance of a trade dispute.
“key national infrastructure” has the same meaning as in section 7 (key national infrastructure);
“trade dispute” has the same meaning as in Part 4 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, except that section 218 of that Act is to be read as if—
it made provision corresponding to section 244(4) of that Act, and
in subsection (5), the definition of worker included any person falling within paragraph (b) of the definition of worker in section 244(5) of that Act.”
This new clause provides a power for the Secretary of State to bring civil proceedings (including applying for injunctions) in the name of the Secretary of State. The power would apply in cases where protest-related activity causes or is likely to cause serious disruption to key national infrastructure or access to essential goods or services or where the activity is having or is likely to have a serious adverse effect on public safety.