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Libyan-sponsored Terrorism: Compensation

Oral Answers to Questions — The Executive Office – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 7th November 2016.

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Photo of Robbie Butler Robbie Butler UUP 2:30 pm, 7th November 2016

T2. Mr Butler asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister what engagement the First Minister or the Executive Office have had with Her Majesty’s Government regarding compensation for victims of Libyan-sponsored terrorism. (AQT 417/16-21)

Photo of Arlene Foster Arlene Foster DUP

I have had a range of interventions through my Westminster colleagues; indeed, my deputy leader, Nigel Dodds, has been heavily involved in the Libya compensation issue. I deeply regret that the Government have taken a particular view on the matter. They should reflect on it, reflect on the work that the Select Committee has been engaged in and think again about the Libya compensation issue.

Photo of Robbie Butler Robbie Butler UUP

I thank the First Minister for her answer. The First Minister will be aware that Lord Empey has introduced a cross-party Bill that would see Libyan assets frozen in the UK used to pay compensation to its victims. Can she confirm Executive support for that legislative attempt to finally provide some justice to the victims of Gaddafi-sponsored terror?

Photo of Arlene Foster Arlene Foster DUP

Although it does not sound like it today, I understood that Lord Empey was in another place and not in the Assembly. We have had a lot of mention of him from the Ulster Unionist Party. Certainly, I will support any attempts to make sure that those who have suffered at the hands of Gaddafi's state-sponsored terrorism will be able to benefit from any compensation.