Northern Ireland (Ministerial Accountability)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:33 pm on 21st June 1991.

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Photo of Rt Hon David Trimble Rt Hon David Trimble , Upper Bann 2:33 pm, 21st June 1991

Thank you for reminding me of that, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Once again, I have been more long-winded than I intended, but I shall draw the matter to a close.

I suspect that the Minister is concealing the extent to which the Northern Ireland Office has compromised the sovereignty of the House. We saw another example of that last night when the Secretary of State referred to the difficulties that he is now creating for himself with regard to the inter-party talks in Northern Ireland. The subject may be raised at meetings to be held later today. I hope that when the Secretary of State meets both his masters he will entreat them to get him out of the difficulties in which he found himself last night.