Part of Northern Ireland Bill – in the House of Lords at 3:33 pm on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Royall of Blaisdon Baroness Royall of Blaisdon President of the Council, Privy Council Office, Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council (Privy Council Office) 3:33 pm, 11th March 2009

My Lords, before I ask the House to resolve itself into a Committee on the Bill, I am sure that the whole House will join me in sending heartfelt condolences to the family of Constable Stephen Carroll, the brave PSNI officer who was shot dead on Monday morning. Constable Carroll died in the line of duty, doing his job protecting the community where he worked. He was murdered by cowards—desperate and isolated individuals who are determined to destroy a political process that is working for and wanted by the people of Northern Ireland. They must not be allowed to destroy or undermine that peace process. I beg to move.

Motion agreed.

Clauses 1 and 2 agreed.

Clause 3: Miscellaneous amendments

Amendment 1

Moved by Lord Kingsland

1: Clause 3, page 2, line 17, at end insert—

"( ) For section 22(2) of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 (c. 26) substitute—

"(2) The Attorney General for Northern Ireland shall be appointed by the Lord Chief Justice and the provisions of section 5 (as amended) shall have effect for the procedure governing such appointment."

( ) In the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 (c. 26) omit section 41."