Northern Ireland Oral Questions Transcript

February 26, 2014 | Nick Taylor

Today in Parliament, Ivan Lewis, Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland questioned  Theresa Villers, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland at Northern Ireland Oral Questions .  The Foundation is immensely grateful to Ivan on behalf of all the people we work with.  A transcript of the question and the Secretary of State’s answer is below.




Ivan Lewis (Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland) (Lab):

At a time when the Haass talks are seeking to focus on truth and justice for the victims and their families.  Will the Secretary of State give a commitment today that the Government will stop buck passing between departments and prevent the Survivors for Peace programme going to the wall.  At the invitation of my excellent parliamentary candidate in Warrington Nick Bent. I had the privilege of visiting the Warrington Peace Centre last week.  The Tim Parry and Johnathan Ball Foundation, under the inspirational leadership of Colin and Wendy Parry, do a tremendous job and deserve support from this Government.

Theresa Villiers (Secretary of State fro Northern Ireland) (Con):

I too, have had the pleasure of visiting the Peace Centre. Colin Parry has done a wonderful job their.  I am keen to work with them and my excellent friend, the honourable member for Warrington on how we try to find a way forward in seeing if we can find a way forward on the victims charity.  I would assure the House that the future of the Peace Centre is secure, my understanding is it is separate from the victims support charity – but I fully appreciate to seek to find a way forward to resolve the difficulties that Colin Parry’s charity faces.