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Northern Ireland: Speech by Peter Hain

Volume 693: debated on Monday 9 July 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Northern Ireland Office bore the publication cost of the text of the speech “Peacemaking in Northern Ireland: A model for conflict resolution?” given by the former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Mr Peter Hain; how many copies were printed; on what basis the distribution list was drawn up; and what were the total costs, including distribution. [HL4587]

Six thousand copies of the publication, Peacemaking in Northern Ireland: A Model for Conflict Resolution?, were produced and distributed by the Northern Ireland Office, which bore the cost.

The production cost for the document was £3,950, and it was distributed to a wide audience of individuals and organisations locally, nationally and internationally, selected because of their interest in Northern Ireland affairs. The distribution costs are not available as the pamphlet was distributed as part of normal departmental business by a mixture of Royal Mail and internal courier services.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What was the intention behind the publication of the text of the speech of the former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Mr Peter Hain, “Peacemaking in Northern Ireland: A model for conflict resolution?”. [HL4588]

The publication responded to considerable interest, including international, in the peace process in Northern Ireland, bringing together factors guiding British Government policy in Northern Ireland and sharing some of the lessons learnt.