Clause 5 - Duty of Director of Public Prosecutions to refer certain matters to Police Ombudsman

Part of Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:00 am on 1st April 2004.

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Photo of Mr Andrew Hunter Mr Andrew Hunter Independent Conservative, Basingstoke 10:00 am, 1st April 2004

I said earlier that I had it in mind to divide the Committee on the clause. As we have just had a Division, it would overtax the Committee's patience if I did that. May I merely put on record my continuing objection to the clause on the grounds that it is not what the criminal justice review recommended? It has turned the recommendations on their head. It is what was agreed at Hillsborough. It was part of an attempted political deal, and as such is not a sound basis for legislation. The clause is also wrong in itself, because despite all the arguments we have heard to the contrary, the DPP should be able to use his discretion in considering whether to refer to the ombudsman.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 5 ordered to stand part of the Bill.