Government statement on the Saville Inquiry

16 June 2010

Lord Strathclyde repeated the Government statement on the Saville Inquiry report in the House of Lords on 15 June. The report investigated the events of 30 January 1972 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, known as ‘Bloody Sunday’.

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon as interim spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Office responded on behalf of the opposition. Lord Alderdice, Lord Maginnis of Drumglass, Lord Morris of Aberavon, Lord Trimble, Lord Dubs, Lord Hamilton of Epson and Lord Morrow also commented in the time available to respond.

Issues raised included:

  • the record of service of the security forces in Northern Ireland
  • the earlier Widgery Inquiry into the same events
  • the contribution of the Saville Inquiry’s findings and the Government apology to peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland
  • whether there is a case for prosecuting soldiers identified in the report
  • the many other deaths in Northern Ireland that have not been subject to inquiry.

Lord Strathclyde said there would be opportunity for a full day’s debate on the Saville Inquiry report in the House of Lords in autumn.

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