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 Lembit Öpik Lembit Öpik Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Affairs, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, Welsh Affairs 5:30 pm, 16th January 2007

In which case, the Minister needs to explain the definition of “friend” and explain the process by which the friendship will be proved. He must be aware that, if he is trying to avoid the risk of corruption, there will be a strong incentive for people who are friends not to admit it.