Minister questioned on compensation for victims of IRA Semtex attacks

20 November 2018

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee hears from the Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, on the role of the UK Government in seeking compensation for the victims of IRA attacks made possible by the provision of Semtex and other weapons by the former Gaddafi regime.


Tuesday 20 November in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 3pm

  • Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for International Development and Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Purpose of the session

The Committee questions the Minister on the Government’s approach to supporting victims of Gadaffi-sponsored IRA terrorism. In the mid-1980s, the Gaddafi regime supplied the Provisional IRA with between 2.75 and 10 tonnes of Semtex—a highly powerful, malleable and virtually undetectable plastic explosive - used to devastating effect in attacks across the UK. The Government has committed to take a more “visibly proactive approach” to securing compensation for the victims.

The Committee's Report

In May 2017, the former Northern Ireland Affairs Committee published a report on the Government’s support for UK victims of IRA attacks that used Gaddafi-supplied Semtex and weapons which highlighted a series of missed opportunities to secure compensation for victims. The Committee deemed the Government’s response to the report “unacceptable”. The Committee will once more press the Government to take action on the recommendations in its Report.

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