Loyalist Communities Council

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 17th June 2022.

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Photo of Stephen Farry Stephen Farry Alliance, North Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will publish the dates of each meeting of (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department with representatives of the Loyalist Communities Council in each of the last 12 months.

Photo of Conor Burns Conor Burns The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

Ministers and officials have not met with anyone in the last twelve months who has stated that they are attending in their capacity as a representative of the Loyalist Communities Council (LCC).

I attended a meeting on 16 December 2021 where an individual understood to be a member of the LCC was present, but in this instance it was made explicitly clear to all attendees in advance of the meeting that this individual was attending in a different capacity.

The Northern Ireland Office does not have a definitive list of representatives of the LCC, nor does it have set criteria for what constitutes being a representative of that organisation. Furthermore, individuals who Ministers and officials meet as part of routine engagement and outreach may not always be explicit about the capacity in which they are attending those meetings.

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