Clause 2 - Introductory

Part of Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 4:30 pm ar 29 Ionawr 2002.

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Photo of Des Browne Des Browne Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Northern Ireland Office, Parliamentary Secretary (Northern Ireland Office) 4:30, 29 Ionawr 2002

The review recommended that the new Judicial Appointments Commission should appoint all judges up to and including High Court judges. It did so by implicitly drawing the comparison that I drew earlier with the cut-off point in the rest of the United Kingdom, particularly Scotland. Other international considerations were taken into account. As I said this morning, the review considered it appropriate for the devolved mechanism to apply to that level and the Government agree with its conclusions.

Principally, the review made the recommendation in the context of the totality of its recommendations and for the purposes of consistency with the way in which devolution operates in Scotland. If I remember correctly, in pre-devolution days, when the Secretary of State exercised some of the powers involved, the division between the Secretary of State and the Prime Minister occurred at the High Court judge level. I may be wrong about that, but that is roughly how the division works now, under devolution.