New clause 5 - Equality Duty

Part of Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 9:30 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) 9:30, 14 Chwefror 2002

My hon. Friend anticipates some of the arguments that I may deploy, but I reassure him that I shall not use the word ''quasi-judicial'', other than in this intervention. Will he consider the requirement for the Director of Public Prosecutions to make decisions on individual cases on merit? Is he concerned-or has he considered-that the requirement on the DPP to apply the considerations in the new clause in individual cases might have an impact on his impartiality?