Decommissioning

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

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Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton Conservative, Macclesfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what specific reduced security measures have been enacted in Northern Ireland in response to the IRA's decision on 23 October to decommission.

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

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 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 RUC Station; and the Magherafelt Army base.

Work to demolish all four installations has already commenced and significant progress has been made.

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