Clause 1

Part of Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:30 pm on 16th January 2007.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Shadow Minister (Northern Ireland) 5:30 pm, 16th January 2007

In that case, I admit to being confused as to what the Government are trying to achieve. To qualify under this provision surely means that there is some kind of relationship. As the hon. Lady has said, what difference does it make whether the relationship is an enduring family one or one in which the parties live together? If they live together, could they not qualify to some extent as friends? That may not necessarily be the case, but given that   paragraphs (d) and (e) are so broad, I should have thought that they would. The Minister has said that business partners would not qualify, but surely business partners have pretty much an everyday relationship.