HC Deb 09 February 1998 vol 306 c53W
Mr. Robert McCartney

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will withdraw the security passes to Castle Buildings of political parties connected to paramilitary organisations that admit to ending their ceasefire; and what external advice she has sought on the status of such parties. [26735]

Mr. Paul Murphy

The Ulster Democratic Party was declared by the two Governments on 26 January to be no longer entitled to participate in the talks process, in view of the activities of a paramilitary organisation with which it is associated. Its members do not now have access to Castle Buildings. We have involved our legal advisers as necessary in considering the position of the party.

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