Clause 123

Part of Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 9:45 pm ar 27 Tachwedd 2007.

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Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice 9:45, 27 Tachwedd 2007

It is great to be back on my feet again, Mr. O’Hara, and I am going to be succinct. The purpose of these measures is to make a similar provision for Northern Ireland to the measures in part 4. Hon. Members will recall that part 4 of the Bill puts prisons and probations ombudsman on a statutory footing. The effect of the measures will be to place the office of the prisoner ombudsman for Northern Ireland on a statutory footing on very similar terms to those that we have discussed. The office holder will be known as the Northern Ireland commissioner for prisoner complaints, and his main function will be to deal with eligible complaints from prisoners, investigate deaths in custody and carry out other investigations at the request of the Secretary of State. The amendments make broadly similar provisions to those discussed, although there are some minor differences which I would be happy to deal with in detail if hon. Members are interested.