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 Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Shadow Minister (Northern Ireland) 6:45 pm, 16th January 2007

I thank the Minister for his patient explanation. As the Bill is written, it does not give a guarantee that it is impossible to move from one offence to a different offence. I assume that the Minister is saying that the legislation that prevents that from happening covers Northern Ireland. If it does, I suppose that the question is why the subsection was put in the Bill if what has been described can happen anyway. I am happy to take an intervention.