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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 John Spellar John Spellar The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office 10:45 am, 25th March 2004

Because it is the ability of the commission to make such a decision, especially when it is responsible for about a thousand posts in Northern Ireland, and not just in the court and the High Court—it goes wider than that, and even includes tribunals, as the right hon. Gentleman

knows. For example, it may be argued that to have the president of a tribunal engaged in the appointment of tribunal members is desirable practice. However, I return to the point that the delegation of the powers is in the hands not of Ministers but of the commission, which can therefore sensibly manage its own business. I have confidence in the commission to do that.