New clause 5 - Equality Duty

Part of Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 9:45 am ar 14 Chwefror 2002.

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Photo of Des Browne Des Browne Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Northern Ireland Office, Parliamentary Secretary (Northern Ireland Office) 9:45, 14 Chwefror 2002

Without wanting to reinforce my growing reputation as a pedant, I want the Committee to consider whether the application of the section to the DPP might impinge on the duty of impartiality in an individual case. That might seem pedantic to us, but if the influence of such a provision on the DPP's duty to examine the evidence on its merits and make an independent, impartial decision affects the decision whether to prosecute someone, the matter will be far from pedantic. It will be highly significant in Northern Irish society.