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

I am grateful to the hon. Lady for pointing that out. She knows, as do I, that although the title of the clause may be of assistance in interpreting it, one has to consider the clause itself to see its effect. Clause 4 deals appropriately with the appointment of the Lord Chief Justice and the Lord Justices of Appeal. New section 12A of the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978, which is proposed in clause 4, deals with the pre-devolution position.

In any event, perhaps it is better to deal with amendment No. 126 when we come to it. We should concentrate on the group of amendments under discussion.