HC Deb 17 March 2004 vol 419 cc296-7W
David Burnside

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his answer of 2 March 2004, Official Report, column 836W, on ceasefire breaches, what criteria he uses to assess whether there has been a breach of a ceasefire by a paramilitary group; and how many times since January these criteria have been met by the actions of the (a) Provisional IRA, (b) UDA and (c) UVF. [161469]

Jane Kennedy

Section 3(9) of the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 sets out the criteria which the Secretary of State takes account of in making a judgement on the status of a ceasefire. The Secretary of State makes a judgement in the round. The ceasefires of the Provisional IRA and the UVF are recognised, the ceasefire of the UDA is not.