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Northern Ireland: Good Friday Agreement

Volume 699: debated on Tuesday 19 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 31 January (WA 141–4), why they used the expression “the Good Friday Agreement” in the Written Answer by the noble Lord on 5 February (WA 172–3). [HL1888]

As set out in the Written Answer given on 31 January, 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 Government recognise that the “Belfast Agreement” is the official title given to this agreement, and use this title in any legal or statutory references to the agreement but given the wide use of the term “Good Friday Agreement” the Government use both terms in other documents.