Terrorism: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 12th November 2020.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make an estimate of the number of remaining outstanding legacy cases of people killed by paramilitaries.

Photo of Robin Walker Robin Walker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

The Government does not hold precise figures on the number of outstanding legacy cases of people killed by paramilitaries as this is a matter for the relevant independent authorities, including Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland. However, we are aware that following the closure of the Historical Enquiries Team in 2014, the PSNI inherited a caseload of over 900 cases, involving nearly 1,200 deaths - the vast majority of which were at the hands of republican or loyalist terrorists.

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