Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, spoke out yesterday against the
    Government?s decision to give Sinn Fein/IRA MPs special privileges in
    Parliament. In an exchange with the Leader of the House of Commons,
    Robin Cook, Peter Lilley protested at the decision to give Sinn Fein/IRA
    MPs, who have refused to take the Oath and thus their seats, access to
    Parliamentary offices, funds and staff.

    Peter Lilley said after the exchange in the House of Commons:

    “I object to the fact that four Sinn Fein/IRA MPs – one of whom is a former
    commandant of the IRA – should receive these privileges when they refuse to
    take the Oath of Allegiance to the Constitution.

    “It was an extraordinary measure for the government to bring forward on the
    same the day that Parliament passed a raft of measures to tackle terrorism
    on a wide scale, and also when the Indian Parliament was attacked by