Clause 17

Part of Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:15 pm on 25th April 2006.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office, Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office 4:15 pm, 25th April 2006

I reassure the hon. Gentleman that neither I, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, my hon. Friends the Members for St. Helens, South and for Basildon (Angela E. Smith) nor my noble Friend the Lord Rooker, are spending our time trying to work towards a failure. We are working for success, a peaceful situation in Northern Ireland and  restoration of the Assembly, but this provision is there in case the Secretary of State, at that time, judges extensions to be necessary.

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