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Stevens Inquiry

Volume 405: debated on Monday 12 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many employees are suspended as a result of preliminary conclusions of investigations being conducted by Sir John Stevens. [111849]

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what instructions were received by Sir John Waters from Sir Hugh Annesley concerning co-operation with the Stevens Inquiry; and if he will place a copy of the instructions in the Library. [111853]

The Police investigation under Sir John Stevens is continuing. I am therefore withholding the information requested under section 4a of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many individuals have (a) died and (b) been injured as a result of collusion with loyalist paramilitary groups, as identified in the report of Sir John Stevens. [112275]

Sir John Stevens overview and recommendations published on 17 April 2003 made clear that his enquiries and specific criminal investigations are continuing and that his recommendations cover the operations of all security forces in Northern Ireland. Thus it would be improper for the Ministry of Defence to comment.