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Clause 2 - Membership of the Commission

Part of Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:30 am on 25th March 2004.

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Photo of Nick Palmer Nick Palmer Labour, Broxtowe 10:30 am, 25th March 2004

Underlying the right hon. Gentleman's concerns on this and the previous clause is the assumption that lay members might be politically motivated and might overrule judicial members to appoint someone not as unbiased as one would wish. Does he not agree that because of the narrow majority of lay members it would require an almost unique cross-party agreement between lay members from all

parts of the Northern Ireland political spectrum to overrule the view of the judicial members?