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Sexual Abuse: Northern Ireland

Volume 716: debated on Tuesday 19 January 2010

Questions

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Police Service of Northern Ireland was first alerted to alleged child sexual abuse by Liam Adams; whether the decision not to seek a European arrest warrant was the responsibility of the Police Service of Northern Ireland or the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland; and whether the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland or any Northern Ireland Office ministers or advisers were alerted to and consulted on the issue by the Police Service of Northern Ireland or the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland. [HL936]

It would be inappropriate for me to comment on any application for a European arrest warrant as this is an ongoing police investigation.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government who was the Chief Constable at the time when the Police Service of Northern Ireland was first alerted to alleged child sexual abuse by Liam Adams; how many subsequent meetings, for any purpose, the Chief Constable had with Gerry Adams; and whether the allegation was raised or discussed between them. [HL937]

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the Northern Ireland Policing Board to conduct a full inquiry into how the Police Service of Northern Ireland dealt with allegations of sexual abuse by Liam Adams. [HL938]

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions took place between the Police Service of Northern Ireland and An Garda Síochána about the alleged sexual abuse by Liam Adams; whether the issuing of a European arrest warrant was discussed; and what other child security measures were discussed. [HL939]

These are operational matters for the Chief Constable. I have asked him to reply directly to the noble Lord, and a copy of his letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions about alleged sexual abuse by Liam Adams have taken place between the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, other Northern Ireland Office ministers and advisers, and their counterparts in the Republic of Ireland. [HL940]