Inquiries

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 6th April 2010.

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Photo of Owen Paterson Owen Paterson Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

(1) which legal firms have worked (a) for and (b) with the Historical Enquiries Team; and how many hours of work each such legal firm had undertaken on the latest date for which figures are available;

(2) what his most recent estimate is of the final cost to the public purse of the Historical Enquiries Team;

(3) when he expects the Historical Enquiries Team to have completed its work;

(4) how much the Historical Enquiries Team had spent on legal fees on the latest date for which figures are available;

(5) how many people the Historical Enquiries Team has employed in each type of post in each month since its inception;

(6) how many cases the Historical Enquiries Team has closed;

(7) what mechanisms the Historical Enquiries Team uses to measure its effectiveness;

(8) in respect of how many cases which the Historical Enquiries Team has declared closed, families of those whose deaths were under investigation have subsequently requested more information;

(9) how many and what proportion of cases within its remit the Historical Enquiries Team has examined since its inception;

(10) how much the Historical Enquiries Team has spent on security (a) for legal companies, (b) for witnesses and (c) in total since its inception;

(11) how much the Historical Enquiries Team has spent on (a) accommodation and (b) advertising since its inception;

(12) how many cases the Historical Enquiries Team has completed to the satisfaction of the families of those whose deaths were under investigation;

(13) how much the Historical Enquiries Team has spent on IT since its inception;

(14) how much the Historical Enquiries Team has spent on IT consultants since its inception;

(15) what the budget is of the press office for the Historical Enquiries Team in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11;

(16) what the cost to the public purse had been of the Historical Enquiries Team on the latest date for which figures are available.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

The Historical Enquiries Team is an operational matter for the Chief Constable. I have asked him to reply directly to the hon. Member, and copies of his letters will be placed in the Library of the House.

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