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Historical Inquiry Team

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of the Historical Inquiry Team’s (HIT) budget has been set aside to investigate the murder of Robert and Thomas Dobson in Moy on 16 May 1976; and if he will make a statement on the HIT’s investigation into this case. (78270)

The Government have committed a total of £34 million, over six years, to the Unresolved Deaths project. Of this amount, the Historical Inquiry Team (HIT) has been allocated £24.2 million to review unresolved deaths relating to the security situation in Northern Ireland from 1968 to April 1998, and assist in bringing resolution for the families of victims affected by these deaths.

The HIT have confirmed that the deaths of Robert and Thomas Dobson will come within their remit. Of the funding provided to the HIT, there is no set amount allocated for each case. Spend on individual cases will not be known until the review of such cases is taken forward, as this depends on what work is required to be done and if any new evidential opportunities exist.