HL Deb 09 January 2003 vol 642 c236WA
Lord Laird

asked Her Majesty's Government:

During the three previous suspensions of the Northern Ireland Assembly under the Northern Ireland Act 2000, what happened to the North/South Ministerial Council and to the six implementation bodies. [HL628]

Lord Williams of Mostyn

During the three previous suspensions, the functions conferred by Section 52 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 could not be exercised: the North/South Ministerial Council was not able to meet.

During those suspensions, the implementation bodies continued to carry out their functions in accordance with the implementation bodies agreement made between the two governments.