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Northern Ireland: Independent Assessor of Military Complaints Procedures

Volume 684: debated on Wednesday 5 July 2006

My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (Paul Goggins) has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I have today arranged for copies of Jim McDonald’s 13th annual report for 2005 to be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

The report of the independent assessor continues to provide valuable reassurances to both the public and the Government that the Army’s complaints procedures stand scrutiny. His 13th report also reviews the use of impact rounds in Northern Ireland last year. I welcome Mr McDonald’s report and I will consider it carefully. I will respond in due course.