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Clause 2 - Membership of the Commission

Part of Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:45 am on 25th March 2004.

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Photo of Rt Hon David Trimble Rt Hon David Trimble Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party 10:45 am, 25th March 2004

Because very important functions are given to the commission, especially with regard to appointments. What is the point of having a Judicial Appointments Commission if that commission is authorised to delegate its function of making appointments? The whole concept is wrong. Why are there detailed provisions about the make-up of the commission and the character of people on it if a little paragraph in a schedule gives the commission the capacity to delegate the function to what is effectively another body?