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Clause 2 - Membership of the Commission

Part of Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:15 am on 25th March 2004.

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Photo of Joe Benton Joe Benton Labour, Bootle 10:15 am, 25th March 2004

With this it will be convenient to discuss the following amendments: No. 30, in

clause 2, page 2, line 1, leave out from 'Chancellor' to end of line 7 and insert

'to ensure those persons appointed to be lay members must so far as possible have a sophisticated understanding of legal issues as well as proven experience in selection procedure.'.

No. 2, in

clause 2, page 2, line 4, leave out 'their' and insert 'his'.

No. 3, in

clause 2, page 2, line 7, at end insert—

'(9) Those responsible for making appointments under subsection (8) shall carry out their duties with due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity in relation to—

(a) religion and political opinion;

(b) gender;

(c) race;

(d) disability;

(e) age;

(f) marital status;

(g) dependants; and

(h) sexual orientation.'.

No. 49, in

clause 2, page 2, line 7, at end insert

'At the beginning of subsection 8 of section 3 of the 2002 Act, insert ''The lay members should be selected on the basis of the additional value they would bring to the Commission's deliberation, including such qualities as experience of selection processes, the court users' perspective and the utility to assess the personal qualities of candidates.''.'.

No. 50, in

clause 2, page 2, line 7, at end insert—

'(1) In Schedule 2 to the 2002 Act in paragraph 11 (Delegation) for sub-sub-paragraph (1) leave out from ''functions'' to end and insert ''except the function of selecting a person for appointment, or recommendation for appointment, to an office, to any of its committees.''.

(2) In Schedule 2 to the 2002 Act, leave out paragraph 12.'.