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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

To clarify the position, I repeat that the commission itself will delegate power and that a majority of its members are from the legal profession in one form or another. However, it seems to me that if responsibility for appointment was delegated, but those who had been so delegated had to report back to a body that could overturn their decisions, there could well be an absence of due process. Those who have been appointed on the sub-committee will have interviewed the candidates and formed a judgment of their qualities. To have that decision overridden by those in the commission who were not involved in the interview process would cause difficulties in the commission's conduct. Those who went through the initial process might also have a legitimate cause for complaint.