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Volume 80: debated on Thursday 13 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will report on the security arrangements surrounding the recent local government elections.

The police as usual made the arrangements they deemed necessary to ensure the maintenance of law and order during the period up to the district council elections on 15 May and on the day itself. While a number of incidents occured during the period, none significantly affected the poll. I know the House will join me in paying a warm tribute to the security forces in Northern Ireland for their work in preserving the integrity of the electoral system.


asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proposals he has to make for amending the provisions of the Elections (Northern Ireland) Act 1985.

Following the recent Northern Ireland district council elections, the Government are considering whether any such amendment is necessary and, if so, what form it might take.