HL Deb 19 December 2002 vol 642 c133WA
Lord Laird

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 6 November (WA 118), who are the parties to the IRA ceasefire; what was its date; whether there any written terms; and whether there are any provisions regarding its monitoring. [HL265]

Lord Williams of Mostyn

The IRA issued a unilateral statement on 31 August 1994 announcing a complete cessation of its military operations from midnight. The ceasefire ended on 9 February 1996 with explosions at Canary Wharf, London. It was restored on 20 July 1997.

The Secretary of State continues to keep the status of all paramilitary ceasefires under review and continues to make judgments in the round, paying particular attention to the provisions set out in Section 3(9) of the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998.