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Sheridan Group

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, columns 1387-8W, on the Sheridan Group, when his Department referred the matter to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI); when the PSNI responded; and if he will make public the response he received from the Chief Constable detailing the actions taken by the PSNI to investigate allegations of criminal activity by the Sheridan Group. (207872)

Following the allegations, the NIO contacted the PSNI on a number of occasions about the matter. These contacts were at the highest level in both organisations.

The Chief Constable subsequently advised that the PSNI had no evidence to suggest the Sheridan Group had been engaged in criminal activity. The action taken by the PSNI to investigate the allegations is a matter for the Chief Constable.