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 Sammy Wilson Sammy Wilson Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Shadow Spokesperson (Education) 5:45 pm, 16th January 2007

I note the hon. Gentleman’s remarks, although I must say as a member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board that of course Members had questions on many occasions about why the police had done something or not done something else. When it was explained that security issues were involved and therefore the police would not discuss it with the Policing Board, I never noticed SDLP Members jumping up and down. They accepted that there would be times when, in the interests of security and the protection of intelligence sources, such issues   could not be discussed. There is an acceptance that it is not always possible to discuss devolved issues in public or for them to be open to public scrutiny.