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

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Photo of Martin Smyth Martin Smyth UUP, Belfast South

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to extend the remit of the decommissioning body.

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

The remit of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning remains as set out in the international agreement between this Government and the Government of the Republic of Ireland, dated 26 August 1997; and there are no plans to extend it.

The period during which an amnesty may be provided expires in February next year. However, the political mandate for the IICD as set out in the Good Friday agreement—the total decommissioning of all paramilitary arms—remains. We shall obviously consider the statutory position in light of that and the Commission's own advice on how best to fulfil that mandate.

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