Security Situation

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 7th November 2001.

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Photo of Andy Reed Andy Reed Labour/Co-operative, Loughborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the security situation in Northern Ireland.

Photo of Austin Mitchell Austin Mitchell Labour, Great Grimsby

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the security situation in Northern Ireland.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

This year has seen, among others, the murders of Ciaran Cummings, the schoolboy Gavin Brett, the journalist Martin O'Hagan and 19-year-old Peter McNally. Up to 28 October, there have been 291 shooting incidents and 298 bombing incidents relating to the security situation.

Following advice from the Chief Constable about the involvement of the UDA, UFF and LVF, the Secretary of State specified these organisations on 12 October. The ceasefires of the other paramilitary groups are believed to be holding, although there is still a very real threat from dissident groups who want to destroy the peace process.

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