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War Crimes: Investigations

Volume 548: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What is the total expenditure involved until 30th June 1993 in the police investigations following the passage of the War Crimes Act 1991; what is the number of cases under review; how many police officers and civil staff are currently involved in these inquiries; whether any prosecutions are imminent; and the age of the oldest person whose conduct is being investigated.

The total expenditure on police investigations up until 30th June 1993 is estimated at £2-65 million. There are currently 67 cases under review. Eighteen staff, including seven civilians, are currently employed on the investigation of war crimes. I cannot anticipate when, or if, sufficient evidence will be available for any prosecutions to be brought. The age of the oldest person whose conduct is being investigated is 87 years.