Clause 21

Part of Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:45 pm on 18th January 2007.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon UUP, North Down 1:45 pm, 18th January 2007

The Minister has just confirmed that, of course, all soldiers abide by their human rights obligations. Will he therefore explain the need to include subsection (5), which, unless my eyesight is really poor, clearly states:

“The reference to a rule of law in subsection (2) does not include a rule of law which has effect only by virtue of the Human Rights Act 1998”?

Which rules of law arising only by virtue of the 1998 Act do not bind Her Majesty’s forces?