Police (Northern Ireland) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:45 pm on 8th November 2000.

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Photo of Lord Mayhew of Twysden Lord Mayhew of Twysden Conservative 7:45 pm, 8th November 2000

My Lords, before the noble Baroness sits down, perhaps I may take her back to what she said a few minutes ago in reply to my noble friend Lady Park. She said that all security decisions are taken in the light of security advice from the relevant authorities. Perhaps I may press her a little on that point. During the time that I had responsibility in Northern Ireland, the formula universally employed was in conformity with security advice. Perhaps I may ask her--she may need a little time to consider this--whether the same applies today. In particular, will that formulation in conformity apply to the surveillance powers along the border in County Fermanagh and South Armagh?