Clause 5

Part of Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:45 pm on 16th January 2007.

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Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Northern Ireland Office 6:45 pm, 16th January 2007

The issue is important. My hon. Friend has questioned the transparency of the system that we propose, and I have defended it and explained the Government’s position. It is important that at last we have something on which we can agree, which is the importance of the fact that the court makes absolutely clear the reasons for the finding of guilt and provides an explanation of that. That ensures that we comply with human rights legislation and, as important, it offers credibility to the system that we are putting in place, so that justice is done and is seen to be done, even if some of the decisions are not particularly transparent to the public eye. I hope that that explanation helps the hon. Member for Tewkesbury. I hope that I have calmed some of his fears and that he will consider withdrawing the amendment.