HL Deb 18 November 2004 vol 666 c183WA
Lord Laird

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will make representations to the appropriate European Union (EU) authorities about the apparent inclusion of a former prisoner and member of the Irish Republican Army at a recent presentation for Peace II EU funding in Brussels. [HL4691]

Baroness Amos

No. The seminar on the Peace II programme held in the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive, Brussels on 29 September, was jointly organised by that office, the Department of Finance and Personnel, the Special EU Programmes Body and the Irish Regions Office in Brussels. The purpose of the seminar was to show to a European audience how the EU Peace II programme was being implemented.

It included a presentation on an ex-prisoners project with a cross-community dimension which had benefited from the programme. The organisers regret that this platform presentation was not balanced by the inclusion of a wider range of projects supported under the Peace II programme.