18 November 2008
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Press Notice No 23
Statement on the Northern Ireland Executive agreement
Following the announcement today (18 November) that the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Féin have reached an agreement on devolving policing and justice powers, the
Chairman of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, Sir Patrick Cormack MP, said:
“I greatly welcome this announcement. It was what we were hoping for when we were in Northern Ireland three weeks ago and I am much encouraged that such progress has been made since then.
“To agree the process is far more important than to agree a specific timetable, but I hope the process will be smooth and continuous.”
Committee Membership is as follows: Sir Patrick Cormack MP (Chairman) (Conservative, South Staffordshire), Mr David Anderson MP (Labour, Blaydon), Rosie Cooper MP (Labour, West Lancashire), Mr Christopher Fraser MP (Conservative, South West Norfolk), Mr John Grogan MP (Labour, Selby), Mr Stephen Hepburn MP (Labour, Jarrow), Lady Hermon MP (Ulster Unionist Party, North Down), Kate Hoey MP (Labour, Vauxhall), Dr Alasdair McDonnell MP (SDLP, Belfast South), Mr Denis Murphy MP (Labour, Wansbeck), Stephen Pound MP (Labour, Ealing North), Mrs Iris Robinson MP (Democratic Unionist Party, Strangford), David Simpson MP (Democratic Unionist Party, Upper Bann).
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