Amendment 24

Part of Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill - Committee (Continued) – in the House of Lords at 10:45 pm on 15th July 2019.

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Photo of Lord Empey Lord Empey UUP 10:45 pm, 15th July 2019

My Lords, I think the exchanges during the debate on the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Hain, have the seeds of a solution within them. I would be supportive of that. He made the distinction between the provision of services and pensions for people who have been victims, so we understand that there is an issue there, but the whole question of legacy is still unresolved. There are still proposals out there, including the historical inquiries unit and other ideas that have been brought forward, which could threaten and help to rewrite the history, as has been referred to. But I believe from the exchange we had earlier that we are close to a form of words to find an acceptable solution to all of this that everybody can be comfortable with and move forward on. I certainly hope that that can be achieved.