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Paterson says dissident threats are "severe"

The Northern Ireland Secretary has told MPs that the threat from dissident paramilitary organisations remains "severe".

Replying to the leader of the SDLP Margaret Ritchie, during Northern Ireland questions on 15 September, Owen Paterson said the security services were dealing with a number of threats.

He was speaking following publication of a report that said that the murder of Bobby Moffett in Belfast was sanctioned by Ulster Volunteer Force bosses.

Mr Paterson said he was in regular conversation with the Northern Ireland Justice Minister and the Chief Constable of the PSNI to help tackle the dissident threats.

Elsewhere during question time, Minister of State Hugo Swire was questioned by the DUP's Westminster leader Nigel Dodds on the block grant to the Northern Ireland economy.

Mr Dodds urged the government not to allow the spending review to impact on the block grant.

However the Minister said it was "completely unacceptable" for the Northern Ireland economy to be so over-dependent on the state sector.

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