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Northern Ireland: Good Friday Agreement

Volume 698: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why the Northern Ireland Office Autumn Performance Report 2007 (CM7285) refers on page 39 to the “Good Friday Agreement”; whether that is a title used in other documents by the department; and to what agreement it refers. [HL1371]

The term “Good Friday Agreement” is a colloquial term that describes the agreement reached at multi-party talks on Northern Ireland signed on 10 April 1998 and set out in Command Paper 3883. The Northern Ireland Office recognise that the “Belfast Agreement” is the official title given to this agreement in the Northern Ireland Act 1998, but given the wide use of the term “Good Friday Agreement” have used both terms to describe the same agreement.

The term “Good Friday Agreement” appears in a number of Northern Ireland Office documents including the 2002 and 2004 Public Service Agreements.