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Part of Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:45 pm on 16th January 2007.

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Photo of Sammy Wilson Sammy Wilson Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Shadow Spokesperson (Education) 4:45 pm, 16th January 2007

Will the hon. Lady accept that when the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee took evidence on the criminal activities of proscribed organisations in Northern Ireland, it heard that those organisations’ activities often go well beyond the boundaries of Northern Ireland—for example, smuggling drugs from outside Northern Ireland or taking fuel to other parts of the United Kingdom? Although those organisations are based in Northern Ireland, their activities are not exclusively connected with Northern Ireland; nevertheless, they have the same ability to intimidate jurors, if the cases are brought to court in Northern Ireland.