Northern Ireland written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell DUP, East Londonderry

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people on remand or on bail in connection with terrorism-related charges are recipients of letters as part of the on-the-run scheme.

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

Responsibility for the arrest and charging of an individual rests with the police and the prosecuting authorities. The judiciary holds responsibility for remand and bail conditions.

On 11 March, Lady Justice Hackett was appointed to undertake an independent inquiry to provide a full public account of the operation and extent of the administrative scheme for dealing with so called “on-the-runs” that was established by the previous Government. This will include a factual check of all letters issued. I expect the report to be provided to me by the end of May 2014 for the purpose of its full publication.

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