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 Desai Lord Desai Labour 9:30 pm, 8th November 2000

My Lords, I am grateful to all noble Lords who have taken part in the debate which I sparked off. My purpose was to return to this issue, discussed in Committee, but with perhaps a more constructive approach. I am most grateful to my noble and learned friend for the detailed answer that he gave.

There appears to be a division between those who believe that all change is bad--I am reminded of what the Marquess of Salisbury said:

"Change? Why do people want change? Aren't things bad enough as they are?"-- and those of us who believe passionately that, if we are to make a new beginning, a change must take place. I am sure that the hands of my right honourable friend the Secretary of State should be as free as possible. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.