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Orange Halls

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will bring forward legislative proposals to facilitate the provision of criminal damage compensation in relation to arson attacks on Orange halls. (177313)

The Orange Order is entitled to make claims for statutory compensation in accordance with the provisions of the Criminal Damage (Compensation) (Northern Ireland) Order 1977. Following a meeting in February 2007 between the then Secretary of State and representatives of the Orange Order, Ministers have been working with the Orange Order, PSNI and the Compensation Agency to ensure the existing system operates more effectively.