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 Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Northern Ireland Office 1:45 pm, 18th January 2007

I am comfortable with that, given the kind of scenario that I remind the Committee we are dealing with, which might involve extreme risk to life. Obviously it is necessary for a member of Her Majesty’s forces to offer some explanation, but we have confined that to saying simply that they are making the arrest as a member of Her Majesty’s forces. That is sufficient, in the face of what might be great pressure, for an arrest and detention for up to four hours. It is a sensible and proportionate measure and, to answer the hon. Gentleman, I am comfortable with it.