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Public Order

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what rank of officer in the RUC press office was responsible for giving comments to the press and media covering disturbances on the evening of 17 March 1999; what opinion was expressed on the public order consequences of (a) the public gathering of a Lambeg drum competition in Corcrain Orange Hall and (b) the funeral wake for Rosemary Nelson; and if he will place transcripts of interviews and released statements in the Library. [102638]

The officer in the RUC Press Office on the evening of 17 March 1999 held the rank of Sergeant.The relevant transcripts have been placed in the Library.