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Anglo-Irish Intergovernmental Council

Volume 128: debated on Thursday 25 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will make a statement on his discussions with Irish Ministers within and without the Anglo-Irish Intergovernmental Council.

The Anglo-Irish Intergovernmental Council itself last met in November 1985. Since then I have had regular opportunities to meet Irish Ministers at meetings of the Foreign Affairs Council and other meetings of the European Communities, when I have been able to discuss matters of mutual interest.In addition my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is the co-chairman, with the Irish Foreign Minister, of the Intergovernmental Conference established by the Anglo-Irish Agreement, within the framework of the AIIC.