Police (Northern Ireland) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 9:30 pm on 8th November 2000.

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Photo of Lord Monson Lord Monson Crossbench 9:30 pm, 8th November 2000

My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Dubs, urges us to leave the decision on any new emblem to the Secretary of State after consultation with all interested parties. That sounds reasonable in the abstract. In practice we know exactly what will happen. It will not be the views of the 80 per cent or 85 per cent of the population who are either perfectly happy with the existing insignia, indifferent or mildly opposed to it which will prevail, but those of the 15 per cent (at most) hard-line republicans, as has happened so often in the past few years.