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Northern Ireland: Weapons

Volume 712: debated on Monday 13 July 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the recent decommissioning of weapons by loyalist groups in Northern Ireland is assisting progress towards the devolution of criminal justice and penal administration. [HL4694]

The Government welcome the confirmation by the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning of a major decommissioning event by the UVF/Red Hand Commandos and a significant move on decommissioning by the UDA/UFF in Northern Ireland. While a decision on the timing of the devolution of policing and justice remains for the Assembly to make, such steps send a clear signal that all sides of the community in Northern Ireland are committed to the political process.