Northern Ireland written question – answered on 4th March 2014.

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Photo of John Baron John Baron Conservative, Basildon and Billericay

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland under what statutory provision letters of comfort have continued to be issued to on-the-runs following the withdrawal of the Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill in 2006.

Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

This was an administrative scheme dealing with so called "on-the-runs" which was established by Ministers under the last Government. No individual was granted immunity from prosecution under this scheme. Letters issued provided factual clarification on whether individuals were sought by police at the point at which the letters were issued.

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