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British-Irish Council

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th April 2011.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the purpose of the British-Irish Council; and who monitors its performance.

Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach Conservative

The British-Irish Council was established as part of the Good Friday agreement 1998, as a mechanism "to promote the harmonious and mutually beneficial development of the totality of relationships among the people of the islands". Members are: the UK Government, the Irish Government, the three devolved Administrations, and the Governments of Guernsey, Jersey, and the Isle of Man.

Performance of the British-Irish Council is monitored at regular summit meetings attended by heads of administrations or, in the case of UK, at other suitable level.

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