HC Deb 07 February 1985 vol 72 c648W
22. Mr. McCusker

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if any meetings have taken place between civil servants in his Department and Sinn Fein representatives since he took office.

Mr. Hurd

Since I became Secretary of State for Northern Ireland there have been no meetings between officials in the Northern Ireland Office and representatives of Sinn Fein. As the House knows, officials at local level in the Northern Ireland departments occasionally meet Sinn Fein representatives, when this is necessary to ensure that constituency matters are dealt with in a fair and proper manner.