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Inquiries: Northern Ireland

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the (a) Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland Office inquiries, (b) Bloody Sunday inquiry, (c) hosting the St. Andrew's talks, (d) Rosemary Nelson inquiry and (e) the Finucane inquiry cost to date. (121664)

The costs to the end of January 2007 are set out in the following table. The Patrick Finucane inquiry has not yet been established.

Costs (£ million)

Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland

147.2

Bloody Sunday inquiry

176.2

St. Andrews agreement talks

20.39

Rosemary Nelson inquiry

11. 6

1 The Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland does not conduct inquiries, her role being one of investigating complaints made against the police. In fulfilling this function, expenditure for the Police Ombudsman over the period 6 November 2000 to 31 March 2007 is detailed in the table. The figure for expenditure for the current financial year is an estimate based on the budget allocated to the Ombudsman for 2006-07.

2 This represents a total figure. Costs of hosting the talks are to be jointly shared with the Irish Government.