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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 John Spellar John Spellar The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office 11:15 am, 25th March 2004

I have alluded a number of times to the composition of the commission, and we believe that we can rely on the commission to discharge its functions appropriately. We have given it the enabling power and we have confidence in it. Interestingly, we believe that a similar case can be made for some appointments lower down the system, but we do not propose to tie the hands of the commission in that regard. We have confidence in the commission, and I ask the hon. Gentleman not to press the amendment.