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Orders of the Day — Police Bill [Lords]: Northern Ireland (Entry to Negotiations) (19 Mar 1997)

Sir Patrick Mayhew: With the leave of the House, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Let me give grateful thanks for the kind and gracious things that have been said about me, and couple with that the name of my future horse. I refer to the tribute kindly paid by the hon. Member for Redcar (Ms Mowlam). I am also grateful to the hon. Member for North-East Derbyshire (Mr. Barnes), in particular, for mentioning the team. I...

Orders of the Day — Police Bill [Lords]: Northern Ireland (Entry to Negotiations) (19 Mar 1997)

Sir Patrick Mayhew: This House is not subject to a constitutional statute that speaks of suspension. The talks process is in the Northern Ireland (Entry to Negotiations, etc) Act and is subject to such a statute. It does not fall to anyone to determine whether the House is suspended. It falls to people to decide whether it has been adjourned. There are adjournments and adjournments in the context of the Act....

Orders of the Day — Police Bill [Lords]: Northern Ireland (Entry to Negotiations) (19 Mar 1997)

Sir Patrick Mayhew: I beg to move, That the draft Northern Ireland (Entry to Negotiations, etc) Act 1996 (Cessation of Section 3) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 10th March, be approved. The order would withdraw from effect, subject to possible later revival, the provisions of section 3 of the Northern Ireland (Entry to Negotiations, etc) Act 1996, which established a forum for discussion of...

Orders of the Day — Police Bill [Lords]: Northern Ireland Business (19 Mar 1997)

Sir Patrick Mayhew: I must begin a short winding-up speech by thanking those right hon. and hon. Members who have expressed kind wishes for what has been described as my after-life. The hon. Member for North Antrim (Rev. Ian Paisley) wished me a happy eternity, which good wishes I gratefully acknowledge and reciprocate. Kind suggestions were made as to how I might employ myself; the only plan that I have made is...

Orders of the Day — Police Bill [Lords]: Northern Ireland Business (19 Mar 1997)

Sir Patrick Mayhew: I beg to move, That— (1) Standing Order No. 99 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee) shall be repealed and Standing Orders No. 99A to 99H below shall have effect;(2) Standing Order No. 87 (Attendance of law officers and ministers in standing committees) shall be amended, in line 9, by inserting 'or a motion in the Northern Ireland Grand Committee under Standing Order No. 99A (Northern Ireland...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Peace Process (27 Feb 1997)

Sir Patrick Mayhew: There has been intensive contact with the participants in the talks, including the Irish Government. On 7 February I met the Irish Foreign Minister and we discussed several issues, including the development of the process. The talks process continues to offer the best opportunity of securing a political settlement underpinning a true and lasting peace in Northern Ireland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Peace Process (27 Feb 1997)

Sir Patrick Mayhew: The hon. Gentleman is exactly right. Unfortunately that is only part of the things that are holding up the development of this process. The Chief Constable has calculated that attacks on the security forces have been taking place at an average rate of about one every 30 hours since the beginning of this year. There can be no place in a democracy for violence perpetrated for political reasons....

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Peace Process (27 Feb 1997)

Sir Patrick Mayhew: I hesitate to disappoint the hon. Gentleman, but I am looking forward to having another Question Time before I hang up these boots. I know the interest that the hon. Gentleman takes and the sincere concern that he has for the development of democracy in Northern Ireland. I made the Government's response clear two or three weeks ago in the House, when the North report was published. We...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Peace Process (27 Feb 1997)

Sir Patrick Mayhew: I do not recognise any distinction between the Irish Government's policy vis-à-vis the entry of Sinn Fein into the talks and our own. Both Governments believe and insist that there should be an unequivocal restoration of a ceasefire that is credible—that is shown to be credible. In doing that, we are merely implementing the ground rules agreed between the two Governments for the conduct of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Peace Process (27 Feb 1997)

Sir Patrick Mayhew: The hon. Gentleman ought to be a bit more careful, if he will allow me to say so. There is no question of an amnesty for any offence committed using any weapon. He knows that to be the case as it was explained fully when the House dealt with the Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Bill, which was passed with substantial support. Of course it is right that everyone who perpetrates a foul...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Peace Process (27 Feb 1997)

Sir Patrick Mayhew: I have already this afternoon set out the shared position of both Governments in regard to the last part of the hon. Gentleman's question. As to the first part, it was again due to the extreme professionalism of the security forces that a murderous attack was forestalled last night in the hon. Gentleman's constituency and also in another part of Belfast. That is wholly incompatible with any...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Peace Process (27 Feb 1997)

Sir Patrick Mayhew: I repeat expressions of appreciation that I have already publicly made for the extraordinary dignity of the response of Lance Bombardier Restorick's parents and couple them with my appreciation of what was said by Mrs. Lorraine McElroy, the passenger in the car. Incidentally, Lance Bombardier Restorick was very concerned that those helping him should know that she had been injured. That is a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Peace Process (27 Feb 1997)

Sir Patrick Mayhew: I think that many people will take reassurance from what the hon. Lady has said in the latter part of that question. What these people have got to know and learn is that they cannot look forward to being able to turn violence off and then turn violence on again. That is what is meant by the need for a credible, unequivocal ceasefire, a setting aside for good—not just for a tactical...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security Situation (27 Feb 1997)

Sir Patrick Mayhew: The IRA continues its murderous attacks, indifferent to whom it may kill or maim. In the absence of the IRA declaring and implementing an unequivocal ceasefire that is credible, Sinn Fein continues to exclude itself from the process of talks. With or without its participation, we shall continue to further the process of inclusive and comprehensive talks.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security Situation (27 Feb 1997)

Sir Patrick Mayhew: We are certainly steadfast in that policy and in that cause. I am very grateful to my hon. Friend for what he has said. It is slightly unnerving to have a tribute paid to one in this post.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security Situation (27 Feb 1997)

Sir Patrick Mayhew: The right hon. Gentleman is absolutely right to say that Sinn Fein and the IRA have steadfastly refused to endorse the principle of consent, thereby, of course, refusing to endorse the foundation of democracy. I very much wish that greater responsibility was able to be exercised by people elected for that purpose in Northern Ireland. It is the purpose of the talks process to find a means by...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security Situation (27 Feb 1997)

Sir Patrick Mayhew: I very much agree with my hon. Friend's comments on the signs. I think that they are an insult, and that they are provocative and revolting. I understand that they are occasionally taken down. I will write to my hon. Friend, if he will allow me to do so, about the implications of his question.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security Situation (27 Feb 1997)

Sir Patrick Mayhew: I warmly endorse the hon. Gentleman's comments, and pay tribute to his holding consistently to those views and to his expression of them. I noticed that Mr. Bruton, the Taoiseach, said recently: The IRA campaign is anti-Irish and contrary to the interests of all in Ireland. I pay tribute to that comment, and endorse it. The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right to say that no amount of violence...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security Situation (27 Feb 1997)

Sir Patrick Mayhew: It is premature to say anything about the nature of the submissions or about the results of the consultation when the consultation is incomplete. It will be completed at the end of March, and we have a genuinely open mind until then. I hope to be able to announce the composition of the commission fairly shortly. We attach great importance to its establishment and to its early assumption of...

Northern Ireland Parades (North Report) (30 Jan 1997)

Sir Patrick Mayhew: With permission, Madam Speaker, I will make a statement about the report of the independent review of parades and marches in Northern Ireland, which was published this morning in Belfast. Last summer, public disorder occurred in Northern Ireland on a very grave scale, associated in particular, but not exclusively, with a parade at Drumcree. Immense disruption was caused, with massive damage...


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