David Mowat

Parliamentary Question about the Foundation at Northern Ireland Questions

April 3, 2014 | Nick Taylor

On 2nd April 2014, David Mowat, MP for Warrington South, asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers a question related to the Foundation’s work.  The transcript of the question is included here:

David Mowat (Warrington South) (Con): One aspect of how we deal with the past is the continuing support we give to victims.

May I thank the Secretary of State for the support she gave in securing the funding for the Peace Centre in Warrington announced in the Budget?

May I also ask her to address the issue of European Union funding being ring-fenced for the island of Ireland, which means that victims on the mainland do not have access to it?

Mrs Villiers: I thank my hon. Friend for his kind words about my role in securing additional funding for the Warrington Peace Centre.

The people there do fantastic work and I am keen to continue working with them.

I am, of course, aware of the concerns about the fact that they are not able to access funds which are provided solely for people in Northern Ireland, even when, sadly, there are many victims of terrorism in Great Britain.

It is vital that those victims have all the support that they need, and this Government believe that any solution on the past in Northern Ireland must have victims at its centre.