Police (Northern Ireland) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 10:15 pm on 8th November 2000.

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Photo of Lord Mayhew of Twysden Lord Mayhew of Twysden Conservative 10:15 pm, 8th November 2000

My Lords, before the noble and learned Lord sits down, is he aware that there is a body of opinion that has put forward a proposal that the foundation shall be supported by Royal Charter? I realise that he will not be in a position to give an answer to this specific point tonight. However, will he recognise that those whom the foundation is intended to benefit would receive considerable comfort if a Royal Charter were to represent the kind of support for the foundation that can uniquely be given by those means?

In the light of the failure to carry an earlier resolution about the name of the RUC, it would be seen as of great importance if that could be achieved. I realise that the noble and learned Lord cannot give a specific answer, but will he kindly take note that there is this feeling?