Amendment 116

Part of Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill - Committee (3rd Day) – in the House of Lords at 9:30 pm on 29 March 2023.

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Photo of Lord Dodds of Duncairn Lord Dodds of Duncairn DUP 9:30, 29 March 2023

My Lords, I am grateful to everyone who took part in this short but important debate. It is good to have the opportunity to put on record the unanimous view of everyone who has spoken, from all sides, the horror of violence and terrorism, and the unacceptability of the eulogising of the same today. I think we are all united in our desire to try to tackle this and, as in the wise words of the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Eames, to get to the root of the problem and really tackle it, especially for young people, going forward.

I welcome what the Minister said and his offer to continue these discussions to try to find a way in legislation, difficult though it may be, to address this most important issue. On that basis, I am content to withdraw the amendment in my name.

Amendment 116 withdrawn.

Amendments 117 to 128 not moved.

Clause 18 agreed.

Clauses 19 to 20 agreed.

Clause 21: Determining a request for immunity

Amendments 129 to 131 not moved.

Clause 21 agreed.

Clause 22 agreed.

Amendment 132 not moved.

Clause 23: Information for prosecutors

Amendments 133 to 138 not moved.

Clause 23 agreed.

Amendments 139 and 140 not moved.

Clause 24: Production of the historical record

Amendments 141 to 143 not moved.

Clause 24 agreed.

Clauses 25 and 26 agreed.

Schedules 5 and 6 agreed.

Clause 27: The ICRIR’s use of information obtained by it

Amendment 144 not moved.

Clause 27 agreed.

Clause 28 agreed.

Schedule 7 agreed.

Clauses 29 and 30 agreed.

Clause 31: Biometric material

Amendment 145 not moved.

Clause 31 agreed.

Clauses 32 and 33 agreed.

House resumed.

House adjourned at 9.49 pm.