HC Deb 20 October 1999 vol 336 cc594-5W
20. Ms Moran

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to what extent the Parades Commission has been able to achieve a local accommodation over the disputed parades this year. [92991]

Mr. Ingram

The role of the Parades Commission is to promote and facilitate local accommodation in relation to contentious parades. Where this cannot be achieved, the legislation requires the Commission to make a determination.

Since its establishment in 1997, the Parades Commission has carried out a unique and very important task in the most difficult circumstances imaginable. The relatively peaceful marching season was due in no small part to the Commission's efforts.

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