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

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Photo of David Borrow David Borrow Labour, South Ribble

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the prospects for further decommissioning of illegally held weapons.

Photo of John Reid John Reid Secretary of State, Northern Ireland Office, The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

The total decommissioning of paramilitary arms is the remit of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning.

The Government and all of the pro-agreement parties have said throughout the process that the details of the actual process should be left to the decommissioning commission.

In its recent report, the commission stated it would continue contact with the IRA in pursuit of that mandate.

It is hoped that further decommissioning events will take place in the future from both the IRA and also loyalist paramilitary groups.

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