New Clause 1 — Independent Members: Declaration Against Terrorism

Part of Police (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] – in the House of Commons at 1:45 pm on 26th March 2003.

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Photo of Peter Robinson Peter Robinson DUP, Belfast East 1:45 pm, 26th March 2003

The Secretary of State is right that the Select Committee considered the Bill, but chose not to deal with additional clauses because of an undertaking given to it by the Minister of State. The Chairman of the Committee said:

"I am not trying to put words into your mouth but you would not be introducing these draft clauses into the Bill as it goes through Parliament in the next two or three months, whatever it is, without the situation having arisen here which would allow for the resumption of the Assembly."

The Minister of State replied: "That is right." That is a clear indication that those clauses would not be introduced, so the Committee did not consider them.