Security Situation

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

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Photo of Mr David Stewart Mr David Stewart Labour, Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress the Government have made towards normalising the security environment in Northern Ireland.

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

Along with other measures, the Government have closed, vacated or demolished 43 Army installations since the ceasefires. On the basis of the Chief Constable's judgment that the IRA's decision to put a quantity of its arms completely beyond use represented a real improvement in the security situation, the Secretary of State announced that the following installations would also be demolished:

the observation tower on Sturgan mountain and one of the observation towers on Camlough mountain in South Armagh; the supersangar adjacent to the helicopter landing site at Newtownhamilton Police Station; and the Magherafelt Army base.

Work to demolish all four installations has already commenced.

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