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MacGill Summer School

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 13th September 2006.

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Photo of Eddie McGrady Eddie McGrady Social Democratic and Labour Party, South Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his 19 July speech to the MacGill summer school, what definition he uses of a (a) constitutional endorsement of the structures of policing and (b) the practical service of policing in the community.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Northern Ireland Office

The Secretary of State's speech at the MacGill summer school simply pointed out the distinction between practical support for policing and political support for the governance structures of policing, which clearly have a particular resonance for republicans and nationalists in the light of Irish history.

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