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Legacy Issues

Volume 643: debated on Wednesday 20 June 2018

8. What progress she has made on the consultation on addressing the legacy of Northern Ireland’s past. (905869)

The consultation entitled “Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland’s Past” launched on 11 May and will run until 10 September. We are determined to provide a better outcomes for victims and survivors, and to ensure there is not a disproportionate focus on former soldiers and police officers.

Even though it is absent from the legacy consultation, and further to the questions asked by my right hon. Friends the Members for Rayleigh and Wickford (Mr Francois) and for New Forest East (Dr Lewis), will the Secretary of State reconsider promoting a statute of limitations so that veterans are protected from legal assault and are not hounded into old age?

There are strong views on this matter and I urge everybody who has views to respond to the consultation. There are a number of different opinions.

12. When determining the legacy of Northern Ireland’s past, will the Secretary of State ensure that the wishes of the vast majority of people on either side of Northern Ireland are acknowledged? They draw a massive distinction between the perpetrators of violence and those who suffered as a result of it. (905873)

The hon. Gentleman makes that point very well. We do need to make the distinction that 90% of all killings were murders by terrorists.