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 Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Shadow Minister (Northern Ireland) 1:45 pm, 18th January 2007

On a slightly different point about subsection (2), the Minister has said that members of the armed forces do not need to give a reason when making an arrest. Is he comfortable with that? I accept his explanation that they are not trained to handle such situations, but there must be a reason why the police have to give a reason for an arrest. The person being arrested will presumably not have listened to this  debate and will not know why they have not been given the reasons for being arrested. Is the Minister comfortable with that?