New clause 5 - Equality Duty

Part of Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 10:00 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) 10:00, 14 Chwefror 2002

I shall try to be more specific, because we should try to tease out the issue.

The designation under section 75 of the 1998 Act would require the DPP, for example, to have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations between persons of different religions. Some thought must be given to how that fits into the process of deciding whether there is sufficient evidence to prosecute someone and whether it is in the public interest to do so.

What is the balance between the other duties of the DPP and this new statutory duty? I am not suggesting to my hon. Friend that it is impossible to reconcile the two, but it is an important issue.