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Weapons: Northern Ireland

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reasons the Government has extended the deadline for loyalist paramilitary decommissioning. (248362)

The Government remain committed to removing illegal weapons from Northern Ireland society.

The Secretary of State would not have sought an extension to the scheme unless he believed there was a reasonable prospect of decommissioning in the coming period. The scheme applies only in restricted circumstances to those who have reached agreement with the IICD on the process of decommissioning. It does not cut across continuing PSNI efforts to find and remove illegal weapons.