PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES

HOUSE OF COMMONS

OFFICIAL REPORT

Fifth Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments, &c.

NORTHERN IRELAND (EMERGENCY PROVISIONS) ACT 1978 (AMENDMENT) ORDER 1990

Thursday 3 May 1990

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The Committee consisted of the following Members:

Chairman: Mr. James Hill

Clelland, Mr. David (Tyne Bridge)

Cope, Mr. John (Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office)

Devlin, Mr. Tim (Stockton, South)

Flannery, Mr. Martin (Sheffield, Hillsborough)

Heal, Mrs. Sylvia (Mid-Staffordshire)

Irvine, Mr. Michael (Ipswich)

Lewis, Mr. Terry (Worsley)

McCartney, Mr. Ian (Makerfield)

McNamara, Mr. Kevin (Kingston upon Hull, North)

Maginnis, Mr. Ken (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

Pawsey, Mr James (Rugby and Kenilworth)

Peacock, Mrs. Elizabeth (Batley and Spen)

Sackville, Mr. Tom (Bolton, West)

Soames, Mr. Nicholas (Crawley)

Stanley, Sir John (Tonbridge and Mailing)

Thorne, Mr. Neil (Ilford, South)

Tredinnick, Mr. David (Bosworth)

Vaughan, Sir Gerard (Reading, East)

Mr. R. J. Rogers, Committee Clerk

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3 Fifth Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments, &c. Thursday 3 May 1990

[MR. JAMES HILL in the Chair]

Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1978 (Amendment) Order 1990

10.30 am

The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (Mr. John Cope): I beg to move, That the Committee has considered the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1978 (Amendment) Order 1990. The order would proscribe the Irish People's Liberation Organisation. It was made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on 28 March, came into effect on 29 March and is subject to approval by the 4 Committee. The IPLO is a comparatively small but particulary vicious group. It has committed numerous murders since 1987 when it emerged as a breakaway faction of the Irish National Liberation Army, which is itself a proscribed organisation. Anyone who breaks the law, whether or not he or she is a member of a proscribed organisation should be subject to the full rigour of the law. We believe also that any organisation constitued for the purposes of carrying out such violent acts can have no legitimate place in our society. That is why I commend the order to the Committee.

Mr. Kevin McNamara (Kingston upon Hull, North): I should like to propose a vote of thanks to the Chair.

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Committee has considered the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1978 (Amendment) Order 1990.

Committee rose at twenty-nine minutes to Eleven o'clock.

THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS ATTENDED THE COMMITTEE:

Hill, Mr. James (Chairman)

Cope, Mr.

Devlin, Mr.

Irvine, Mr.

McNamara, Mr.

Maginnis, Mr.

Sackville, Mr.

Stanley, Sir John

Thorne, Mr.

Tredinnick, Mr.

Vaughan, Sir Gerard