HC Deb 05 December 2001 vol 376 c322W
26. Mr. Robathan

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the capabilities of republican terrorist networks to mount a sustained bombing campaign. [18119]

Jane Kennedy

The Secretary of State continues to monitor the ceasefires of all paramilitary groups. He receives regular briefings from the Chief Constable and his senior security advisers. The decision by the IRA to decommission its weapons has led the Chief Constable to conclude there to be a reduction in the threat to enable further normalisation measures to proceed. However, we are not complacent. There remains a significant threat from dissident republican groups as evidenced by the recent bomb found in Armagh.