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 Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon Shadow Spokesperson (Women), Shadow Spokesperson (Trade and Industry), Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs) 10:00, 14 Chwefror 2002

I do not want to prolong the discussion, but I want to put one argument to the hon. Member for Newry and Armagh, because the Minister made a fair point. Section 75 of the 1998 Act states:

''A public authority shall in carrying out its functions relating to Northern Ireland have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity . . . between men and women''.

If the DPP has more men to prosecute than women, how can he possibly comply with section 75? It is incompatible with his duty to prosecute.