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Omagh Bombing

Volume 699: debated on Thursday 6 March 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is their response to the judgment given by Mr Justice Weir in the case of The Queen v Sean Hoey. [HL2070]

On receipt of Mr Justice Weir's detailed judgment the Secretary of State met the chief constable and the chairman of the Policing Board. He subsequently met representatives of the Omagh families.

The implications of the judgment are far-reaching and consequently a range of steps have been taken. The Policing Board has announced an independent external overview of the investigation; Professor Brian Caddy is conducting a review of “low-template DNA analysis”; the Police Ombudsman's investigation is ongoing; and the Secretary of State has commissioned a review of the forensic science concerns raised by the judge.