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Weston Park

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on progress by His Honour Judge Peter Cory in the investigation of cases identified at Weston Park in July 2001. [114716]

Justice Peter Cory was appointed by the British and Irish Governments in May 2002 to carry out an investigation into six cases where collusion has been alleged. The judge is independent and his work programme is a matter for him.As Justice Cory made clear in his third progress report to the British and Irish Governments in April, he has already completed his work on the cases of Patrick Finucane, Robert Hamill and Billy Wright. These reports are being stored securely by the Canadian authorities until the conclusion of his investigation. The judge has indicated that he is on schedule to complete his report in the Autumn. The Government is very grateful to Justice Cory for taking on this important task and remains committed to co-operating fully with his investigation.