Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers, made a statement on 11 December 2012 in the House of Commons on the recent violence in Northern Ireland
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Vernon Coaker, responded on behalf of the Opposition.
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