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Police: Northern Ireland

Volume 707: debated on Thursday 29 January 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 18 November 2008 (WA 186) and the letter from Assistant Chief Constable Roy Toner placed in the Library of the House, why they deem the matter “an operational intelligence matter”; who decided to classify it so; whether this takes full account of the information known by the police, the Provisional IRA and dissident IRA activists; and what assessment they have made of the relationship between that matter and the comments of the Chief Constable of the Police Service for Northern Ireland, Sir Hugh Orde, on the threat from dissident IRA activists. [HL654]

It was the view of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland that this was an operational matter on the basis of advice from his security advisers. In coming to this view the Secretary of State took account of all relevant information and he remains of the view that it would not be appropriate to comment.