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Police: Northern Ireland

Volume 707: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

Questions

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the decision of the Police Service of Northern Ireland to announce publicly that the Omagh bomb murders, the McCartney murder and Northern Bank theft were no longer to be investigated was related to the devolution of policing and justice; if so, what assessment they have made of the effect on public opinion; and why that procedure is being introduced now. [HL650]

This is an operational matter for the chief constable. I have asked him to reply to the noble Lord directly, and I will arrange for a copy of the letter to be placed in the Library of the House.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the decision of the Police Service of Northern Ireland not to pursue their investigation of the Omagh bomb murders, the McCartney murder and the Northern Bank theft was affected by the level of confidence between the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland. [HL651]

This is an operational matter for the chief constable. I have asked him to reply to the noble Lord directly, and I will arrange for a copy of the letter to be placed in the Library of the House.