HC Deb 02 April 1998 vol 309 cc607-8W
Mr. McNulty

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proposals she has for changes in security measures, including emergency legislation, following a peaceful settlement in Northern Ireland. [37667]

Marjorie Mowlam

A sub-committee of the multi-party talks discussed the desire for a return to normality in Northern Ireland as soon as possible. The Government laid before the Parties a paper which set out our determination to return Northern Ireland to a situation where the police can resume normal policing duties, the Army can return to barracks and the need for emergency legislation is removed.

Others have a part to play in ensuring all in Northern Ireland can live in peace without fear of threat or violence from paramilitary groups. The Government are keen to reduce the impact of security but not until it is safe to do so. A copy of the paper, entitled "Responding to a changing security situation—the Government's Approach" has now been placed in the Library of the House.

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