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Civil Unrest: Northern Ireland

Volume 685: debated on Monday 9 October 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What proposals they have to give additional support to victims of civil unrest in Northern Ireland.[HL7298]

Funding for victims’ and survivors’ groups and individual victims and survivors comes from a wide variety of sources. As part of her remit, Mrs Bertha McDougall, the Interim Commissioner for Victims and Survivors, is carrying out a review of how well current funding arrangements are addressing need.

In an initial report on her findings, published in June this year, the Interim Commissioner noted that, since 1998, government had provided £36.4 million in funding to victims and survivors and European funding had provided a further £7.6 million, 25 per cent or £1.9 million of which was also from government. The Interim Commissioner's final report is due around the end of this year, and her findings and recommendations will help in our consideration of any new funding arrangements that may emerge as part of the next phase of victims and survivors policy.