§ 8. Mr. Ernie Ross
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the protection of human rights in Northern Ireland.
§ The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (Mr. John Cope)
Human rights are already well protected in Northern Ireland, but we are always willing to consider proposals for strengthening existing safeguards.
§ Mr. Latham
Will my right hon. Friend confirm that the most important human right to be protected in Northern Ireland is the right not to be blown up or murdered by IRA terrorists?
§ Mr. Molyneaux
Given that for the past 18 years Northern Ireland has been governed and administered entirely by Ministers accountable to this House, what is the need for protecting human rights in Belfast as opposed to Birmingham?
§ Rev. William McCrea
Bearing in mind the fact that the Minister has told the House that human rights are well protected within Northern Ireland, and accepting that the greatest human right to be protected is the right to live, will the Minister tell the House why it is that an increasing number of contractors in my constituency are daily threatened by the IRA, why men are forced into unemployment, why bombs are put under employees' cars, and why people are slaughtered? Is not it time that the Government brought the nightmare of terrorism to an end, so that the people of Ulster can enjoy the right to live?