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 Viscount Brookeborough Viscount Brookeborough Crossbench 9:30 pm, 8th November 2000

My Lords, I cannot agree with Amendment No. 62. I believe that the emblem should stay. Failing that, we should not tie the Secretary of State's hands as does the provision in Amendment No. 62 that any emblem,

"shall be entirely free of any association with".

That seems ludicrous. The Secretary of State already has to consult the board, the Chief Constable, the police association and any other person or body appearing to him to have an interest. If we cannot trust the Secretary of State to consult them, I believe that it is wrong to tie his hands in this way.