Belfast Agreement

House of Lords written question – answered on 17th October 2011.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 3 October (WA 100), why they will not give their reasons for indicating that the 1998 Belfast agreement was to the benefit of the British Community.

Photo of Lord Shutt of Greetland Lord Shutt of Greetland Lords Spokesperson (Northern Ireland Office), Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords)

I refer the noble Lord to the Answer of 4 July (Hansard, col. WA 3), which explained that the Belfast agreement refers to the Irish Government taking steps to strengthen further the protection of human rights in their jurisdiction and that these steps, which have included the formation of an Irish Human Rights Commission, benefit all those living in the Republic of Ireland, including British Citizens.

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