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Community Relations

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the principal initiatives were of the former Central Community Relations Unit, to fulfil its objective of encouraging greater mutual understanding in Northern Ireland and greater respect for cultural diversity. [100444]

The former Central Community Relations Unit (CCRU) had a large and diverse community relations programme aimed at promoting greater cross-community contact between the main sections of the Northern Ireland community and increasing mutual understanding and respect for cultural diversity.This programme included support for the Northern Ireland community relations council to fulfil its strategic aim by providing support for local groups and organisations, developing opportunities for cross community understanding and increasing public awareness of community relations work.Support was provided for the district community relations programme to fulfil its aims to develop cross community contact and co-operation, promote greater mutual understandingand increase respect for cultural traditions.