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Clause 2 - Membership of the Commission

Part of Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:00 am on 25th March 2004.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office 10:00 am, 25th March 2004

It is probably easier to read his mind than the mind of the hon. Member for Blaby.

There was debate on the matter when the 2002 Act was going through the House and the House of Lords. The Bill does not alter the composition of the commission, nor, if I may say so to the hon. Member for Basingstoke, does this relate to the question of reflectivity, which we will deal with later.

The criminal justice review tried to strike a careful balance in terms of the commission's membership. We thought it right to identify the useful contribution that lay members could make to the appointments process—for example, the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland has a lay chair. I believe that we have the right balance, and I ask the hon. Member for Beaconsfield to withdraw the amendment.