Clause 1

Part of Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:45 pm on 16th January 2007.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon UUP, North Down 5:45 pm, 16th January 2007

Will the hon. Gentleman enlighten the Committee: does he believe in an independent prosecution service? We legislated for such an independent prosecution service not so long ago in this House. I greatly admire the independence of the DPP and hate the thought of a politician being able to call them up and influence their decision. Do the hon. Gentleman and his colleagues not support the idea of the independence of DPP within the Public Prosecution Service?