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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

Those bodies might undertake collective consideration or communicate with each other about whether, consistent with principles of appointment on merit, they can also achieve reflectiveness in the commission. I am not saying that this would be the outcome, but I am sure that the right hon. Gentleman concedes that it would be undesirable if the commission was completely unreflective of the community in Northern Ireland.