Secretary of State fudge on army council is a worry

“Secretary of State fudges on Provo Armed Army Council – It’s a worry.”    – David McNarry MLA

Question Asked by UKIP MP Mr Douglas Carswell  

Asked on: 28th October 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to paragraph 13 of the report commissioned by her Department on Paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland, published 19 October 2015, what assessment she has made of the extent to which the IRA’s Provisional Army Council oversees the Provisional IRA and Sinn Fein with an overarching strategy.

Answered by: NIO Parliamentary Under Secretary, Mr Ben Wallace on 03 November 2015

Further analysis of intelligence and actions relating as a consequence of the recent report is a matter for the Security Services and the Police. Ministers do not interfere with such operational decisions nor is it the policy of Her Majesty’s Government to comment publicly on such intelligence matters.

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