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Terrorism: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 24th February 2015.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the "on the runs" scheme applied only to those to whom Sinn Fein wanted it to apply; and why it was not applied to those not linked to Sinn Fein.

Photo of Baroness Randerson Baroness Randerson Lords Spokesperson (Northern Ireland Office), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

At paragraph 9.15 of her report, Lady Justice Hallett finds that had a body other than Sinn Féin (and the Irish Government and the Northern Ireland Prison Service) put forward a name, there was no policy to exclude any particular group of individuals. Paragraphs 4.59 and 4.60 outline correspondence between the Northern Ireland Office and Social Democratic and Labour Party MLA Alex Attwood which indicates that had a name and date of birth been submitted to the Northern Ireland Office, that individual would have been considered. Paragraph 4.8 states the then Government anticipated similar applications from Loyalists. Lady Justice Hallett concluded there were no express or implied criteria in the scheme to exclude any particular category of individual.

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