Clause 17
Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill
4:15 pm

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David Hanson (Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office; Delyn, Labour)

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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