§ 22. Mr. Kirkwood
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the present state of cross-border co-operation on security.
§ Mr. Scott
Co-operation between the Royal Ulster Constabulary and the Garda Siochana at a working level is good. I am confident, however, that co-operation in security matters at all levels between the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom will be enhanced by the recent agreement. As the joint communiqué issued after the meeting on 15 November between the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach made clear, this will be one of the subjects on which the Intergovernmental Conference will concentrate at its initial meetings. I draw the hon. Gentleman's attention to the statement issued after yesterday's meeting, a copy of which has been placed in the Library.