§ 12. Mr. Bellingham
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he intends to devolve more power to the Northern Ireland Assembly.
§ Mr. Bellingham
Does my right hon. Friend agree that, unless all parties take their place in the Assembly, it cannot fulfil its proposed role? Does he agree also that it would make sense to set a date by which all of the parties should have participated and that, if they have not, we should reconsider the Assembly's future?
§ Mr. Flannery
Is not the Northern Ireland Assembly a farce? The minority communities distrust it so much that they do not attend it, and it is therefore completely one-sided and talks to itself.