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Proscribed Organisations

Volume 459: debated on Friday 20 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his assessment is of (a) recruitment, (b) weapons procurement, (c) bomb making capability and (d) other recent activity by dissident Republican paramilitary organisations. (132478)

As stated in the fourteenth IMC report, dissident republicans continue their attempts to recruit members and to procure and develop weapons. Dissident republicans have proved they are capable of making munitions and are a real and capable threat, as the recent find of a sophisticated mortar device in Lurgan demonstrates. While they continue to be intent on causing serious harm, I have every confidence in the PSNI’s ability to deal with this threat