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Northern Ireland Bill

Volume 708: debated on Wednesday 11 March 2009

Report and Third Reading

Report and Third Reading agreed without debate.


Moved by

My Lords, I will just say that it is fitting and proper that we pass this Bill on a day when thousands of men and women are peacefully demonstrating on the streets of Northern Ireland as proof of their determination to hold on to peace. I believe that this Bill and the debates that we have enjoyed in this House reflect our common desire for a peaceful future in Northern Ireland.

My Lords, I wish to join the noble Baroness in her final remarks. I thank all those who have taken part in this Bill, and I thank the noble Baroness and the Northern Ireland Office for their patience and endeavours in trying to get the best out of it in extraordinarily difficult circumstances. I sincerely hope that this Bill will perform the duty that we all expect it to and that we will have an opportunity very soon to see the Assembly returning this Bill to us to rubber-stamp it and put it into place.

My Lords, I reiterate everything that the noble Lord, Lord Glentoran, has said. I also wish to express my thanks to the Bill Office for the help that it has given us with an exceedingly difficult piece of legislation as far as simple old village schoolmasters like me are concerned. It has been very kind and I appreciate it. Like the noble Lord, Lord Glentoran, and being a devolutionist, I hope that we can move towards constructive devolution of justice and policing, not something that is or could be a divisive issue between the poorer elements of Northern Ireland politics which is based on sectarianism. I am grateful to the Minister for her patience and I wish this Bill Godspeed. I hope it achieves what I believe the Government wish it to achieve.

Motion agreed.

Bill passed.

House adjourned at 9.58 pm.