We need your support to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can continue to hold their elected representatives to account.

Donate to our crowdfunder


Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 23rd February 2005.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Ian Pearson Ian Pearson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Northern Ireland Office 11:30 am, 23rd February 2005

As a Government, we need a decommissioning commission and we are absolutely clear about that. The cost of the de Chastelain commission has been some £3.8 million over eight years, which I do not believe is excessive. As a Government, we continually look to ensure that we keep costs to a reasonable minimum and I can tell the hon. Lady that, since 2000–01, there has been a 60 per cent. reduction in the annual cost of operating the decommissioning commission. If we are to take the gun out of politics, we need such a commission.