Clause 13

Part of Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:15 am on 18th January 2007.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Shadow Minister (Northern Ireland) 9:15 am, 18th January 2007

I welcome you to the Chair, Mrs. Anderson. I had not intended to speak to clause 13 because I have two amendments to clause 14, although those could have been tabled under this clause. I am concerned about clause 13(2)(c), which says that

“the Commission may act only if there is or would be one or more victims of the unlawful act”.

To save time in our discussions on the next clause, I would like the Minister to answer one brief question: is an unlawful act not better investigated by other authorities? That is the motivation behind my amendments to the next clause, but it might be more convenient for him to answer that question now.