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Legacy Issues

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 18th May 2011.

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Photo of Ian Murray Ian Murray Labour, Edinburgh South 11:30 am, 18th May 2011

Whether he plans to provide further direct funding for projects to deal with legacy issues in Northern Ireland.

Photo of Owen Paterson Owen Paterson The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

This Government funded the four public inquiries into legacy cases, which were set up under the previous Government, so that they could be completed as soon as possible. I am currently considering what, if any, further role the Government can play in dealing with the past in Northern Ireland.

Photo of Ian Murray Ian Murray Labour, Edinburgh South

A successful and prosperous future for Northern Ireland requires the Government to deal responsibly with all outstanding issues related to the peace process. Does the Secretary of State intend to honour all those outstanding issues?

Photo of Owen Paterson Owen Paterson The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Yes, I understand the tone of the hon. Gentleman’s question. We endorse the agreements. We made that clear, as our record over the past year shows, but we also recognise that the past continues to be an issue. That is why I am continuing to talk to a wide range of groups, as is my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, to see whether we can find a way forward on which we can work with the Executive.

Photo of Naomi Long Naomi Long Alliance, Belfast East

Does the Secretary of State agree that a coherent and comprehensive strategy to deal with legacy issues is vital if we are to build a stable future for the people of Northern Ireland?

Photo of Owen Paterson Owen Paterson The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

I could not quite hear the hon. Lady’s question, but I think I got the gist of it. As she knows, it is not easy to achieve consensus on this issue, which is why we are carrying on this listening exercise and talking with a wide range of groups, and I am very happy to talk and listen to her.

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The question has not been answered by the Minister. The question was whether special priority/importance will be put on resolving LEGACY issues? Leagcy issues - in other words The...

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