Results 61–80 of 300 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Dunlop

Northern Ireland: Paramilitary Groups — Statement (20 Oct 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I echo what was said about the reviewers. They bring great experience and integrity to the job they were given. The links between PIRA and Sinn Fein are long-standing and well known. As I said, I do not wish to speculate on further detail beyond what is in the assessment.

Northern Ireland: Paramilitary Groups — Statement (20 Oct 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I thank the noble Lord. With regard to his question on whether I see a role for the review panel, I am not certain about that. However, it is certainly true to say that, as part of the talks process, there needs to be discussion and agreement over a verification mechanism and a broader strategy to see paramilitary groups disband once and for all.

Northern Ireland: Paramilitary Groups — Statement (20 Oct 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I agree with the noble Lord about the need to support community groups. That is very much part of the long-term solution here. The Government are leaving no stone unturned to keep the five parties around the table focused on the twin objectives of dealing with this paramilitary activity and implementing the Stormont House agreement. That is what we will be focused on in the coming days.

Northern Ireland: Paramilitary Groups — Statement (20 Oct 2015)

Lord Dunlop: We hope that the talks can conclude swiftly but I will not put a specific timetable on that. I do not think that it would be helpful for me to speculate on what might happen in the event of failure. We are working very hard for success.

Northern Ireland: Paramilitary Groups — Statement (20 Oct 2015)

Lord Dunlop: The Secretary of State said in the other place that we did accept the assessment in this report, which has been reviewed by three very credible, experienced reviewers of high integrity.

Northern Ireland — Statement (18 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, with permission, I will repeat an Answer to an Urgent Question asked by Sir Gerald Howarth MP in the House of Commons earlier today. The Statement is as follows: “As part of an ongoing investigation by the Police Service of Northern Ireland into the events surrounding Bloody Sunday in Londonderry in 1972, a former soldier was arrested for questioning on 10 November 2015. He was...

Northern Ireland — Statement (18 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I thank the noble Lord for his words and will take each of his points in turn. Yes, I can confirm that evidence given to Saville cannot be used to incriminate the person who gives it; the evidence is protected. On the specific case, it would not be appropriate for me to comment; it is a subject of an ongoing criminal investigation and the question of arrest is a matter for the PSNI. With...

Northern Ireland — Statement (18 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I thank my noble friend. When the Prime Minister made his Statement, I think that it was widely welcomed for the tone that it struck. I very much note my noble friend’s other point.

Northern Ireland — Statement (18 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I very much agree with the noble Lord. I absolutely agree that an investigation is not the same as a prosecution. Indeed, an investigation is also an opportunity for someone to clear their name.

Northern Ireland — Statement (18 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I thank my noble friend and note what he says. I will ensure that his views are reflected to the appropriate people.

Northern Ireland — Statement (18 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I note what my noble friend has said. His point was also raised in the other place earlier today and the Minister said that if there were concerns about the way in which the arrest happened, the matter should be taken up with the chief constable.

Northern Ireland — Statement (18 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: The agreement that was reached yesterday was a significant achievement. I am sure the whole House will wish to congratulate all the Northern Ireland parties on reaching that deal. It has broken an impasse and created the opportunity to develop devolved institutions that work for the people in Northern Ireland. As the Minister in the other place said, it is a matter of regret that legacy was...

Northern Ireland: Political Agreement — Statement (19 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: My Lords, with the leave of the House, I will now repeat a Statement made by my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in the other place. The Statement is as follows: “With permission, I would like to make a Statement on the agreement reached this week in the cross-party talks at Stormont. But first I would like to pay tribute to Peter Robinson, who announced...

Northern Ireland: Political Agreement — Statement (19 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I thank noble Lords for their words and for the indication of bipartisan, cross-party support, particularly to get the legislation on welfare reform through this House. I agree very much that the implementation of the deal is absolutely crucial, and we should be in no doubt that the agreement has broken a real impasse in Northern Ireland politics and offered a prospect of a brighter future...

Northern Ireland: Political Agreement — Statement (19 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: My noble friend speaks with huge authority on these matters. With regard to paramilitary activity, the assessment done a few weeks ago showed that all parties in Northern Ireland are committed to the political path. Under this agreement, all the parties have signed up to ambitious commitments to eradicate paramilitary activity. A strategy must be agreed. It needs to be backed by the joint...

Northern Ireland: Political Agreement — Statement (19 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I am not sure that at this stage I can give more detail than I have already given. The Government are disappointed that creating the institutions to deal with the past does not form part of this agreement. However, it remains a huge priority for the Government to deal with the issues of the past and take forward what was in the original Stormont House agreement to get these institutions set...

Northern Ireland: Political Agreement — Statement (19 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: In this House a few weeks ago we had a Statement about the assessment that had been made. The Government continue to agree with that assessment, and I am not sure that I can add more at this stage to what was said on that occasion. Clearly, though, we are determined to tackle organised criminal activity, which has such a corrosive effect on the well-being of Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland: Political Agreement — Statement (19 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I thank my noble friend. I note what he says about the position of other parties. All the parties have been engaged over a 10-week process and, as I said, it has broken a very damaging impasse. I hope that all Northern Ireland politicians will want to get behind the agreement and build upon it. As for the finances, welfare reform and putting the budget on a sustainable footing have been two...

Northern Ireland: Political Agreement — Statement (19 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: I cannot give my noble friend precise figures on the cost of welfare reform, but I am very happy to write to him with as much information as I can provide. Clearly, I cannot give a specific date for when paramilitarism will be eradicated from Northern Ireland, but I can give an absolute assurance to this House that this is a top priority for the Government.

Northern Ireland: Political Agreement — Statement (19 Nov 2015)

Lord Dunlop: It was a very positive sign of the commitment to see that this agreement goes forward that the Northern Ireland Assembly passed a legislative consent Motion yesterday. That is a very positive development.


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