Tony McNulty (Minister of State (Security, Counter-terrorism, Crime and Policing), Home Office; Harrow East, Labour)
I would agree. Doubtless, if I do not say so someone else will: given the concerns about the potential retrospective nature of part 6 and the substantial offences and activities that have been committed in Northern Ireland, that point becomes all the more important. It is certainly not the Government’s intention, by sleight of hand or otherwise, that any case under England and Wales or Scottish jurisdiction that had a remote Northern Ireland connection should be thrown over the Irish sea to be dealt with by Diplock courts. I will get clarification on that and hopefully write to the Committee before our proceedings end.