Accused Persons (Statements)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 31st January 1974.

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Photo of Mr Merlyn Rees Mr Merlyn Rees , Leeds South 12:00 am, 31st January 1974

Will the Government announce soon their plans for the renewal of the Emergency Provisions (Northern Ireland) Act? What procedure will be followed? The Act is renewable annually. What will be the timing, for example?

The Opposition will want a full report on the work of the Act to aid discussion. We would not want just a quick discussion on the matter. The Opposition realise only too well the problems of a society in which nearly 1,000 people have been murdered, on both sides of the community—we are not starry-eyed about it—but we want to bring the procedures and what is happening in Northern Ireland under the rule of law.