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Clause 2 - Membership of the Commission

Part of Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:15 am on 25th March 2004.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Attorney General 10:15 am, 25th March 2004

I shall not withdraw the amendment; I shall test the opinion of the Committee and press it to a vote. The debate in the Lords on the matter, albeit brief, highlighted concerns, which were expressed from a number of quarters, that the composition of the

commission makes no sense and that it would be better to ensure greater judicial involvement.

My assessment of how Northern Ireland works, as limited as that might be, is that there is much to be commended in the view that a judicial majority is worthwhile, and I would like to register my vote on that.

Question put, That the amendment be made:—

The Committee divided: Ayes 6, Noes 13.