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Northern Ireland: Independent Monitoring Commission

Volume 704: debated on Tuesday 7 October 2008

My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (Shaun Woodward) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I have today published and laid before Parliament my fourth annual report on the operation of the agreement between the British and Irish Governments which established the Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC). This report covers the period 18 September 2006 to 17 September 2007.

In line with a commitment made by my predecessor, this report also contains the audited accounts of the IMC for the 12-month period ending 31 March 2007.

The report covers the final report on normalisation published on 17 September 2007, which concluded that the normalisation programme as a whole has been complied with.

I remain grateful to the commissioners of the IMC for their valuable contributions over this period, and for their contribution to promoting the transition to a peaceful society and a stable and inclusive devolved Government in Northern Ireland.