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Clause 2 - Membership of the Commission

Part of Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:15 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 11:15 am, 25th March 2004

The material that the Minister has just given us is interesting and we want to reflect on it. I note that he said that there is a strong case for ensuring that the committees are composed in particular ways and that senior people, particularly senior judicial members, should chair them. If there is a strong case for ensuring that, why is he content to leave in existence a provision containing absolutely no safeguard?