HC Deb 13 January 1997 vol 288 c33W
Mr. Robert McCartney

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is his policy with respect to the nomenclature for the United Kingdom and the country to the south and west, utilised on both copies of agreements that he signs with that country; and if he will make a statement. [10481]

Mr. Rifkind

The UK original of treaties and agreements between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland uses the nomenclature appropriate under UK law which is "the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" and "the Government of the Republic of Ireland". The Irish original of such treaties and agreements uses the nomenclature for the two countries which the Irish Government consider appropriate.