HL Deb 24 September 2002 vol 638 c253WA
Lord Laird

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether, when they signed the Belfast Agreement of 10 April 1998 (Cm 4705) and the implementation bodies agreement of 8 March 1999 (Cm 4706) with the Republic of Ireland, they intended that the North/South Ministerial Council should be referred to bilingually, in English and Irish. [HL4915]

The lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn)

The Belfast Agreement and the agreement on the North/South Ministerial Council are silent on this question. The style adopted by the Council is a matter of agreement by its participants.