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Clause 2 - Membership of the Commission

Part of Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 25th March 2004.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office 11:00 am, 25th March 2004

I understand what the right hon. Gentleman says, but I again stress the point, which he has graciously accepted, that ''reflective'' is less prescriptive than ''representative''. We have moved away from the review in that regard. I accept that the objective will require those making nominations to consider arrangements between themselves on how this might be achieved, notwithstanding the fact that they must also consider appointments on merit. I understand that there are possible tensions between the two principles, but they are both extremely important.