HL Deb 21 October 2002 vol 639 c84WA
Lord Laird

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What role the Government of the Republic of Ireland have in dealing with affairs in Northern Ireland through the British-Irish Inter-Governmental Secretariat. [HL5927]

Lord Williams of Mostyn

The British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference and Secretariat were established by the British-Irish Agreement, which took effect on Thursday 2 December 1999.

The conference and secretariat bring together the two governments to promote bilateral co-operation at all levels on all matters of mutual interest within the competence of both governments.