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Terrorism: Northern Ireland

Volume 698: debated on Wednesday 6 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is their assessment of the terrorist threat in Northern Ireland. [HL1611]

The security situation in Northern Ireland has vastly improved in recent years. However, the serious attacks on two PSNI officers last year and the recent decision by the chief constable to alert the public to an increased risk of terrorist activity highlight the continued threat posed by a small number of individuals. I have every confidence in the PSNI's ability to combat the threat posed by these individuals. The PSNI work tirelessly to thwart the activities of all those involved in criminal activity in Northern Ireland and bring them to justice for their crimes.

Northern Ireland now has a successful devolved administration with a focus on improving life for all the people of Northern Ireland. This future must include engagement with the IICD by all paramilitary organisations and paramilitary activity.