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St Andrews Agreement

Volume 707: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what was agreed at St Andrews concerning the cross-border implementation bodies; and who were parties to the agreement. [HL1107]

Paragraph 19 of annexe A to the St Andrews agreement proposed that the Northern Ireland Executive and the Irish Government, under the auspices of the North/South Ministerial Council, appoint a review group to examine the efficiency and value for money of existing implementation bodies and to consider the case for additional bodies and areas of co-operation within the North/South Ministerial Council where mutual benefit would be derived.

The St Andrews agreement was an agreement between the British and Irish Governments and was based on the twin foundations of power-sharing and support for policing and the rule of law. All the political parties in the Assembly support these principles.