HC Deb 19 January 1988 vol 125 c642W
Mr. McNamara

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list in theOfficial Report the individuals and organisations from which representations were received in relation to the discussion paper "Elected Representatives and the Democratic Process in Northern Ireland", indicating in each case whether they supported or opposed the proposal for a declaration on proscribed organisations.

Mr. Needham

[holding answer 18 January 1988]: Reponses to the discussion paper have been received from the following organisations: the Alliance party of Northern Ireland, Antrim borough council, Ards borough council, the Association of Local Authorities of Northern Ireland, Ballymena borough council, Ballymoney borough council, Banbridge district council, Belfast city council, Carrickfergus borough council, Coleraine borough council, the Committee on the Administration of Justice, Cookstown district council, Down district council, the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland, the Labour party, Labour party 87 (Newtownabbey branch), Limavady district council, Magherafelt district council, Newry and Mourne district council, Newtownabbey borough council. North Down borough council, Omagh district council, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Quaker Peace and Service, the Social Democratic and Labour party, the South Antrim Unionist Association (Glengormley branch), the South West Herts Labour party, the Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights, the Ulster Unionist party, and the Workers' party. In addition, we have received 21 letters from individuals, whose names it would be inappropriate to list.

A wide range of views have been offered on the proposed non-violence declaration to be made by district council candidates. Some 22 of the comments from organisations and individuals broadly support such a declaration, while 19 are broadly opposed and 11 offer no clear view. We are still analysing these comments however, and no decision on the proposal has yet been reached.