HC Deb 20 March 2001 vol 365 cc112-3W
Mr. McNamara

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what communications he has received from the Holy See concerning discussions with Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland on the future of the Police Service in Northern Ireland. [154076]

Mr. Vaz

The Government have had discussions with the Catholic Bishops about policing arrangements in Northern Ireland and believe that this is consistent with the Good Friday agreement, which calls for new arrangements to beunambiguously accepted and actively supported by the whole community".

The Government have, however, received no communication from the Holy See concerning these discussions.