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Provisional IRA

House of Lords written question – answered on 13th May 2002.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether their policy changed in any way following the conviction for gun-running to Northern Ireland of Provisional IRA men in Florida; and, if so, how.

Photo of Lord Williams of Mostyn Lord Williams of Mostyn President of the Council, Privy Council Office, Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords

The then Secretary of State reviewed the status of the Provisional IRA ceasefire in August 1999. Her overall judgment, on advice from her security advisers, was that, taking all the available information into account, the Provisional IRA was maintaining its ceasefire. The courts subsequently upheld that decision.

The Government's consistent position has been that there must be trust and confidence in order to sustain political progress. If there is to be confidence that there is a wholehearted commitment to exclusively peaceful means, there needs to be an end to all paramilitary activity, including preparations for terrorism.

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