Northern Ireland Affairs Committee: Press Notice

5 October 2009/ for immediate release

Bloody Sunday Inquiry

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (NIAC) has renewed its invitation to Lord Saville to explain why the long-awaited final report of the 11-year-long Bloody Sunday Inquiry has been once more delayed.

Lord Saville last week wrote to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland saying that the report, expected to be published this autumn, would not now appear until next year.  This is the latest in a series of delays. NIAC had invited Lord Saville to give evidence last year when a previous delay was announced.

Sir Patrick Cormack MP, Chairman of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, commented:  “There is such anxiety in so many quarters about this further delay that I would like to repeat our invitation. I can assure Lord Saville that we would not seek to embarrass him by asking questions about the content of his inquiry or possible recommendations. Appearing before the Committee would give him the opportunity to explain precisely why it has been necessary to have had these repeated delays, each one of which dashes hopes and expectations.”

Ends.

  NOTES TO EDITORS

1.  14 people died in Londonderry  on ‘Bloody Sunday’, 30 January 1972 -- 13 during a civil rights demonstration, and one later from injuries received. The Bloody Sunday Inquiry was set up by the then Prime Minister Tony Blair and opened on 3 April 1998.  It has cost an estimated £189 million. 

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Committee Membership is as follows: Sir Patrick Cormack MP (Chairman) (Conservative, South Staffordshire), Mr David Anderson MP (Labour, Blaydon), Rosie Cooper MP (Labour, West Lancashire), Christopher Fraser MP (Conservative, South West Norfolk), Mr John Grogan MP (Labour, Selby), Mr Stephen Hepburn MP (Labour, Jarrow), Lady Hermon MP (Ulster Unionist Party, North Down), Kate Hoey MP (Labour, Vauxhall), Dr Alasdair McDonnell MP (SDLP, Belfast South), Mr Denis Murphy MP (Labour, Wansbeck), Stephen Pound MP (Labour, Ealing North), Mrs Iris Robinson MP (Democratic Unionist Party, Strangford), David Simpson MP (Democratic Unionist Party, Upper Bann).

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