§ 12. Mr. Laurence Robertson
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will make a statement on the progress her Department is making towards increasing the range of duties and responsibilities accorded to local government in Northern Ireland. 
§ Marjorie Mowlam
If widely acceptable arrangements can be agreed, it is the Government's intention to transfer a wide range of responsibilities to new democratically elected institutions in Northern Ireland. The Government have no plans for radical change to the role and responsibilities of District Councils in Northern Ireland.