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Clause 5 - Duty of Director of

Part of Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:45 pm on 25th March 2004.

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Photo of Rt Hon David Trimble Rt Hon David Trimble Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party 4:45 pm, 25th March 2004

Towards the end of the Minister's comments, he made a reference to the criminal justice review, and I have been able to turn up what appears to be the relevant passage:

''We recommend that Article 6(3) of the 1972 Order be supplemented with a provision enabling the prosecutor to refer a case to the Police Ombudsman for investigation''.

The word ''enabling'' shows that the provision is a discretion, not a duty. Once again, the Minister has referred to the review but is not acting in accordance with it.