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Inquiries

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many documents have been passed by (a) Republican and (b) Loyalist paramilitary organisations to official inquiries into their respective operations in the last 28 years. (197275)

An exercise of this nature, involving a detailed search of records over a 28-year period, would require the allocation of significant and disproportionate resources.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many documents have been passed by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to official inquiries into the operations of (a) the Royal Ulster Constabulary and (b) the PSNI, since the inception of the PSNI. (197277)

The Chief Constable has provided the following answer:

“The following table sets out details of the number of documents provided to public inquiries by the Police Service of Northern Ireland. I am unable to provide information in relation to the Saville Inquiry as to do so would incur disproportionate costs. I am also unable to provide figures which differentiate between Royal Ulster Constabulary and PSNI documents as this could be done only at a disproportionate cost.”

Public inquiry

Number of documents

Billy Wright

24,361

Rosemary Nelson

9,774

Robert Hamill

606