§ Mr. Robert McCartney
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Irish Republic gives full mutual recognition to educational qualifications obtained in Northern Ireland; and what issues are outstanding. 
§ Mr. Ancram
The Republic of Ireland is currently establishing new arrangements for the certification of vocational and other qualifications. Officials of my Department have initiated contact with their counterparts and will be raising issues relating to mutual recognition.