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Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland’s past: The UK Government's New Proposals

Inquiry

The Committee has launched an inquiry to examine the UK Government’s proposals to address the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. On 18 March, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP, outlined the Government’s new approach to addressing the legacy of the past in a written statement to the House of Commons. The statement also set out that these would include some “significant” changes from the Stormont House Agreement. The inquiry will examine whether the Government’s proposals deliver for victims, survivors and their families.

 

Terms of reference

The Committee is particularly interested in receiving written evidence that addresses:

  • Whether the Government’s proposed approach will meet the needs of victims, survivors and their families;
  • What steps the Government can take to ensure that the proposed new legacy body is independent, balanced and open, and complies with the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and ECHR commitments;
  • The differences between the Government’s new proposals and the draft Stormont House Agreement Bill;
  • Whether and how the Government’s proposals will promote reconciliation in Northern Ireland;
  • The potential merits of consolidating the bodies envisaged in the Stormont House Agreement into a single organisation;
  • The equity of the Government’s proposed approach to the re-investigation of cases;
  • What legislative steps the Government can take to address what have been described as vexatious claims against veterans.

Reports and government responses

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Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland’s Past: the Government’s New Proposals (Interim Report)
Inquiry Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland’s past: The UK Government's New Proposals
Committees Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
HC 329
Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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9 September 2020
Inquiry Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland’s past: The UK Government's New Proposals
Witnesses The Rt Hon. the Lord Hain, The Lord Empey Kt, OBE, The Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick, and The Lord Caine
Committees Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
2 September 2020
Inquiry Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland’s past: The UK Government's New Proposals
Witnesses Simon Byrne (Chief Constable at Police Service of Northern Ireland), Bobby Singleton (Detective Chief Superintendent at Police Service of Northern Ireland), and Jon Boutcher (Head of Operations at Operation Kenova)
Committees Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
15 July 2020
Inquiry Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland’s past: The UK Government's New Proposals
Witnesses Paul Young (Member at Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans Original Group), Robin Horsfall (Member at Million Veterans March), and Gavin (Harry) Wragg (Member at Rolling Thunder for Soldier F)
Committees Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
Witnesses Amnesty International UK
Committees Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
Written Evidence
Witnesses Mr Derrick Paul (called Paul) Young (Senior Policy Advisor at Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans Original Group, Group Support Policy Advisor at Rolling Thunder for Soldier F Group UK, Group Support Policy Advisor at Million Veterans March group, Group Support Policy Advisor at UK Veterans One Voice, and Group Support Policy Advisor at Justice for British for British Armed Forces group)
Committees Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
Written Evidence
Witnesses Jon Boutcher (Officer in Overall Command at Operation Kenova)
Committees Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
Written Evidence

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