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Inquiries: Northern Ireland

Volume 705: debated on Wednesday 19 November 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How much each public inquiry in progress in Northern Ireland has cost; and what is the average monthly cost of running inquiries in Northern Ireland. [HL6071]

The costs to the end of October 2008 of the independent public inquiries currently under way in Northern Ireland are as follows:

The Robert Hamill Inquiry

£18.20 million

The Rosemary Nelson Inquiry

£33.42 million

The Billy Wright Inquiry

£20.21 million

The Bloody Sunday Inquiry

£184.9 million

The Hamill, Nelson and Wright inquiries were announced to Parliament on 16 November 2004. The average monthly cost of running the inquiries in each financial year since then is as follows:

Average monthly spend by financial year (£000)

Inquiry

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Robert Hamill Inquiry

111

290

516

365

530

Rosemary Nelson Inquiry

138

294

861

856

1,248

Billy Wright Inquiry

15

192

370

739

649

The Bloody Sunday Inquiry was announced to Parliament on 29 January 1998. The average monthly cost of running that inquiry, and the average monthly legal costs paid by the MoD, are as follows:

Average monthly spend by financial year (£000)

1997-98

1998-99

1999-00

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

Bloody Sunday Inquiry

40

554

1,047

1,612

1,598

2,148

MoD legal costs

0

101

272

370

538

565

Average monthly spend by financial year (£000)

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Bloody Sunday Inquiry

2,277

1,198

597

793

421

358

MoD legal Costs

534

271

32

22

19

22