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Ministerial And Official Meetings

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials have had with (i) Ministers and (ii) officials of the Irish Republic since May 2002. [103253]

Ministers from the Northern Ireland Office have met with Irish Ministers on 26 occasions since the appointment of the present Secretary of State.British and Irish officials are in frequent contact on matters of common interest. Details of these meetings are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.