Police (Northern Ireland) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:15 pm on 8th November 2000.

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Photo of Viscount Brookeborough Viscount Brookeborough Crossbench 11:15 pm, 8th November 2000

My Lords, I believe that the independent members are being discriminated against. I shall not talk about the criminal activities--I made myself clear during the previous debate about the board. The DPPs will replace police liaison committees. Are the same indiscretions permitted on those committees? The liaison committees have been particularly instrumental in bringing the two communities together in a forum where they have been able to discuss policing and local crime. It is intended that community co-operation should be improved. If we discriminate against the independent members and the political members, that will not be conducive to such co-operation.