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Paramilitary Activity

Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 21 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made towards ending all paramilitary activity. [113812]

The Government acknowledge that steps have been made by some groups in terms of paramilitary ceasefires, independent arms inspections and three acts of decommissioning. We now need a clear and unambiguous undertaking that all the activities listed in paragraph 13 of the Joint Declaration will cease completely.The Government are determined in their resolve to see a complete and permanent end to all paramilitary activity and will continue to bear down and thwart the efforts of those who still see violence and terror as the way forward.