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Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent representations he has received on Loyalist decommissioning; and if he will make a statement. (322982)

I have received no recent representations about Loyalist decommissioning, but welcome the confirmation from the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning in its September and February reports that it has overseen the decommissioning of all arms under the control of the Ulster Volunteer Force and Red Hand Commando, the Ulster Defence Association, the South East Antrim UDA and the Shoukri paramilitary element.

I pay tribute to the tireless work of the IICD over the last 12 years in securing this progress.