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Missing Persons

Volume 463: debated on Monday 23 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken by the Police Service of Northern Ireland to locate the remains of those considered disappeared; and if he will make a statement. (150930)

The Police Service of Northern Ireland seconded one officer to a small project team set up by the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains (ICLVR) for a period of six months. The Garda Siochana also seconded a member of their force to the ICLVR on a part-time basis.

The PSNI continue to offer every assistance to the ICLVR it can provide. However, of the nine remaining sets of remains to be found, all are suspected to be in the Republic of Ireland with the exception of one which the ICLVR believe to be in France. This limits the steps which can be taken by the PSNI to assist in locating remains.