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10. Mr. Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on steps he is taking to prevent criminals from profiting from unlawful activities in Northern Ireland. 
Mr. Ingram: On 25 September, the Secretary of State announced the establishment of a multi-agency task force in Northern Ireland to tackle organised crime. The task force and its subgroups continue to meet to prepare a
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Northern Ireland organised crime strategy for 2001-02. I should also mention that the police and other agencies in Northern Ireland continue with successful operations against organised criminals. In answer to a question on 20 December, I gave just two examples. Customs and Excise had seized 45 million illegal cigarettes in the first three quarters of this financial year; and had closed 13 fuel plants, thereby preventing some 40 million litres of illicit fuel entering the Northern Ireland economy.
Mr. Ingram: The Government have set a specific target within the current policing plan for 2000-01 to achieve a detection rate for violent crimes of at least 50 per cent. Provisional figures for the period April 2000 to September 2000 indicate a clearance rate of 53.6 per cent.
11. Mr. Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many illegal weapons have been decommissioned by each of the terrorist organisations in Northern Ireland since the Belfast agreement. 
Mr. Ingram: Mr. Ramaphosa and Mr. Ahtisaari have reported that they have completed their second inspection of several IRA arms dumps. It represents further progress and an honouring of commitments given at the beginning of May. I am confident the inspectors will report any further progress that has been made when they deem it appropriate to do so.
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15. Mr. Burgon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what further discussions have been held with General John de Chastelain about the decommissioning of illegally held weapons in Northern Ireland. 
Mr. Ingram: Under the Good Friday agreement, the Decommissioning Commission operates as an independent body to resolve the decommissioning issue. The commission has provided written reports on progress on a number of occasions.
Mr. Ingram: The Government remain committed to the new beginning in policing in Northern Ireland. This requires the implementation of the Police Act and a wide range of other changes. A revised, detailed implementation plan setting out the position on the recommendations of the Independent Commission on Policing in Northern Ireland, including the extensive progress that has already been made, will be published shortly.
Mr. Ingram: The Chief Constable recently announced a number of further normalisation measures including the demolition of the six Fermanagh patrol bases, the closure and demolition of Long Kesh army base and the closure of Strand road holding centre. Three of the Fermanagh patrol bases have been demolished and work has begun on the remaining three.
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Mr. Ingram: The Secretary of State keeps the status of all ceasefires under continual review. We receive regular briefings on the security situation from the Chief Constable and senior security advisers. He will not hesitate to act against any organisation not observing a complete and unequivocal ceasefire.
24. Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he plans to hold with the Chief Constable concerning the level of on-street violence in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram: The Secretary of State regularly discusses a range of issues with the Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary. The Secretary of State is confident that the Chief Constable is doing everything possible, within the resources he has available, to tackle incidents of violent crime in the Province.
25. Mr. Beggs: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to help achieve agreement between interested parties which will enable previously controversial parades to proceed without causing public disorder in future. 
Mr. Ingram: The Government are still firmly of the opinion that the most satisfactory resolution to problem parades is agreement at local level. If all sides work constructively together on the last initiative led by Mr. Currin, there may be hope for a successful outcome in the future.
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