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Stevens Inquiry

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 11 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what instructions were issued to RUC Special Branch concerning co-operation with and disclosure to the inquiry conducted by Sir John Stevens. [110863]

I understand that the then Chief Constable wrote to Sir John Stevens on 13 May 1999 confirming, inter alia, that he would have unlimited access to all intelligence and information available to the RUC and all files held by them.The Chief Constable copied the above-mentioned letter to the Assistant Chief Constable with responsibility for Special Branch. As a result, a senior officer was appointed within that Department to liaise with the Stevens Team.