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Government: Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Volume 698: debated on Tuesday 29 January 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has to visit the United States; when any such visit will take place; and for what purpose. [HL1457]

The United States has played and continues to play a critical role in the peace process, further progress towards the devolution of policing and justice and investment in Northern Ireland. Successive Secretaries of State have worked closely with the United States and have made regular visits to discuss policy. The present Secretary of State continues this policy. It is not the practice, not least for security reasons, to discuss future engagements of government Ministers.