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Politics and Government

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will establish all-party talks in Northern Ireland to discuss how to deal with the past.

Photo of Owen Paterson Owen Paterson The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office, my right hon. Friend Mr Swire and I have been consulting widely on how best to learn from the past in Northern Ireland. The Government will play their role in this process but remain convinced that progress will only be possible when consensus is achieved by those within Northern Ireland who have an interest. I plan to meet representatives of each of the Assembly parties in the coming weeks to seek their views on moving forward.

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