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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 Rt Hon David Trimble Rt Hon David Trimble Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party 11:00 am, 25th March 2004

I thank the Minister for giving way again, because I want to probe his thinking further. He says that the bodies might communicate with each other. How will they do that and what will they say? Will there be an arrangement such as that which pertains between the Law Society and the Bar, where they get together and the Law Society says, ''We'll appoint a woman solicitor if you appoint a male barrister.''? Is that the arrangement that the Minister is thinking of? If there was an arrangement of that nature, each body would individually be guilty of discrimination, because it would be making an appointment on the ground of gender. Those bodies

will make only the one appointment. I ask the Minister again: what arrangements will there be and how will they be legal?