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Security Situation (North Belfast)

Volume 405: debated on Monday 19 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in North Belfast. [112613]

The Government condemns the recent attack by dissident republicans on the constituency office of the hon. Gentleman. The police are continuing to investigate this incident to bring those responsible to justice. Such an attack is an attack on the political process.Loyalist paramilitary attacks in the area have reduced significantly since the UDA announced an end to their internal feud. Increased co-operation between the police and local community representatives in the area has assisted in the easing of tensions at interfaces.