HC Deb 21 December 1973 vol 866 cc466-7W
Mr. Stratton Mills

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on progress on the joint working party set up at the Sunning-dale meeting to define and agree the areas of common interest to be dealt with by the Council of Ireland; what is the membership of the working party; and when it plans to meet.

Mr. van Straubenzee

It was agreed at the Sunningdale conference that studies would be set in hand to identify and report on areas of common interest in relation to which a Council of Ireland would take executive decisions. There are no proposals at present to set up a formal working party, but officials of United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland Departments have had an exploratory meeting.

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