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 Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon Shadow Spokesperson (Women), Shadow Spokesperson (Trade and Industry), Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs) 9:30, 14 Chwefror 2002

As you know, Mr. Conway, I am absolutely delighted to have followed in your footsteps to reach the Committee safely this morning.

I have two points. It may help the hon. Gentleman to know that, under the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Designation of Public Authorities) Order 2000, the Northern Ireland Court Service is designated under section 75 of the 1998 Act. However, if I were to follow the logic of his argument, would it not be correct to say that the office of the police ombudsman of Northern Ireland should also be included in the equality provisions in section 75?