“The Government is ready to implement changes to arrangements..”

Their term was due to end on 31 December… The Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Shaun Woodward, MP, has announced his intention to reappoint Parades Commissioners for a further 12 months.

“The St Andrews Agreement proposed the need for a review of parading with a view to developing an agreed long-term strategy. The Government remains committed to working with the parties to find a way of dealing with contentious parades and to ensure that oversight arrangements are appropriate to current circumstances. “The Government is ready to implement changes to arrangements, including any necessary legislation, where the parties mutually agree a way forward. “Until then the Parades Commission will remain in place.”