Security

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd November 1990.

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Photo of Mr Peter Thurnham Mr Peter Thurnham , Bolton North East 12:00 am, 22nd November 1990

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Republic of Ireland about the security situation; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Peter Brooke Mr Peter Brooke The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Matters relating to the security situation are regularly discussed within the forum of the Anglo-Irish intergovernmental conference. The last meeting of the conference took place on 25 October 1990.

Photo of Mr Peter Thurnham Mr Peter Thurnham , Bolton North East

Will my right hon. Friend bring the maximum pressure to bear on his counterparts in southern Ireland to ensure that the maximum possible efforts are made to control security in all parts of the United Kingdom?

Photo of Mr Peter Brooke Mr Peter Brooke The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

What my hon. Friend refers to is a standard part of our agenda whenever the conference meets. [Interruption.]

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells , Pontypridd

Is the Secretary of State aware that in that brief intercepted phone call to his wife, the Under-Secretary of State was speaking on behalf of a large number of his colleagues——

Photo of Mr Bernard Weatherill Mr Bernard Weatherill , Croydon North East

Order. That has nothing to do with the previous question.