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Volume 115: debated on Friday 1 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a further statement on his policy towards devolved government in Northern Ireland in the light of the proposals contained in the Ulster Defence Association's document, entitled "Commonsense," a copy of which has been sent to him.

It remains the Government's objective to establish in Northern Ireland a system of devolved government that would command widespread acceptance throughout the community. Any recognition of the need for the involvement of the minority in such a system is welcome, since it would be essential to the achievement of widespread acceptance. Progress towards devolution now depends on the constitutional political parties. I hope, therefore, that talks involving those parties may soon take place.