I propose to take Questions Nos. 24 and 47 together.
Let me first state that it is the right of the citizens under the Constitution to have access to the courts. The anti-discrimination provisions of the Equal Status Act and the Intoxicating Liquor Bill are both in the area of civil legislation and as such provide a means of resolving disputes between individuals by way of compensation rather than punishment.
On 17 June 2003, the Government approved publication of the new Intoxicating Liquor Bill 2003, which includes a provision to transfer jurisdiction for cases of alleged discrimination involving licensed premises – apart from accommodation related matters – from the Equality Tribunal to the District Court.