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Orange Halls

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th January 2008.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When they propose to amend legislation to allow the payment of compensation for damage to Orange Halls, as amended by the Secretary of State in February.

Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State (Sustainable Farming, Food and Animal Welfare), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Farming, Food and Animal Welfare)

There are currently no plans to amend legislation. The Orange Order is entitled to make claims for statutory compensation in accordance with the provisions of the Criminal Damage (Compensation) (Northern Ireland) Order 1977. Following a meeting in February between the then Secretary of State and representatives of the Orange Order, Ministers have been working with the Orange Order, PSNI and the Compensation Agency to ensure that the existing system operates more effectively.

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