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 Mr Seamus Mallon Mr Seamus Mallon Social Democratic and Labour Party, Newry and Armagh 9:30, 14 Chwefror 2002

I believe that all parts of the administration should be subject to section 75, and have argued for that forcefully for the past three years. It is remarkable that aspects of the administration that one would have thought would be no problem, such as universities, have adamantly stayed outside the section 75 duty. We may have persuaded the universities-that is a gentle way to put it-that they were wrong.

I see no reason why the procedures and polices of the ombudsman's office are outside the duty, and no reason why any organisation, especially those that deal with justice, should not be under the remit of that duty.