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Holding Centres: Independent Commissioner's Annual Report

Volume 569: debated on Thursday 29 February 1996

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asked Her Majesty's Government:When they intend to publish Sir Louis Blom-Cooper's third annual report as Independent Commissioner for Holding Centres.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Northern Ireland Office
(Baroness Denton of Wakefield)

I have today arranged for the copies of Sir Louis Blom-Cooper's annual report for 1995 to be placed in the Library.My right honourable and learned friend the Secretary of State is grateful to the commissioner for his report and for the assurance that it provides that he has found absolutely nothing that might give anyone the slightest cause for concern about the care and treatment of detainees held in the custody of uniformed officers of the RUC.He will be studying carefully the recommendations which Sir Louis has made in the light of the changed circumstances since the ending of PIRA's cessation of military operations.