Clause 1

Part of Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:00 pm on 16th January 2007.

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Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Northern Ireland Office 5:00 pm, 16th January 2007

Considering that we have not agreed on anything in our proceedings, the spirit remains positive, and I thank my hon. Friend for that.

When we look at the list of proscribed organisations relating to Northern Ireland, we see that, interestingly, the Provisional IRA is not on it. The Irish Republican Army, which covers a number of organisations including PIRA, the Real IRA and Continuity IRA, is on the list. I assure my hon. Friend that there is no hidden agreement lurking around. The IRA remains a proscribed organisation, and there are no plans to change that.

I hope that I have helped to clarify the position for the hon. Lady and that she accepts the argument. We are seeking to ensure that the powers to have non-jury trials when necessary are limited to circumstances pertaining to Northern Ireland.