Northern Ireland Government

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 4th February 2015.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further the Written Answers by Baroness Randerson on 27 January (HL4283) and 19 January (3949), why they have not answered the original question; and whether they will now answer it.

Photo of Baroness Randerson Baroness Randerson Lords Spokesperson (Northern Ireland Office), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

The involvement of the Irish Government in the talks leading to the Stormont House Agreement was consistent with the three stranded approach to Northern Ireland affairs and the 1998 Belfast Agreement. The Irish Government did not participate in negotiations on strand one matters which, as the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has made clear, including at the Ulster Unionist Party conference in October, are for the United Kingdom Government and the Northern Ireland parties alone.

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