Northern Ireland Affairs Committee: Press Notice

Session 07-08

22 November 2007

Press Notice No 2

New Inquiry

Policing and Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee is to conduct a broad inquiry into the administration of policing and the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland. The first phase of this inquiry will focus on two specific areas of current concern:

•    The financial and operational consequences for the Police Service Northern Ireland of servicing the various ‘historic inquiries’ into past events in Northern Ireland; and

•    The effect on the ability of the Police Service Northern Ireland to bring accused persons to trial of provisions in the Inquiries Act 2005 and in other legislation requiring the police to divulge information which might identify a covert source

The Committee regrets that it is unable to investigate individual cases in the course of the inquiry.

The Committee invites any individual or organisation with an interest in these two specific matters to submit written evidence.  This should be addressed to the Clerk of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, 7 Millbank, House of Commons, London SW1P 3JA and should arrive by Monday 21 January 2007.

Individuals or organisations are requested to submit memoranda (guideline length up to 2000 words) in a Word-compatible file by e-mail to with a single additional hard copy in the post.

All submissions must clearly state who is the author is and whether they are writing as an individual or on behalf of an organisation.

Those without access to a computer are requested to take particular care that submissions are legible.

Written evidence submitted to the Committee should be kept confidential until published by the Committee.


1.     Committee Membership is as follows: Sir Patrick Cormack, MP (Chairman) (Conservative, South Staffordshire), Mr David Anderson, MP (Labour, Blaydon), Rt. Hon John Battle MP (Labour, Leeds West), Mr Gregory Campbell, MP (Democratic Unionist Party, East Londonderry), Rosie Cooper, MP (Labour, West Lancashire), Mr 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),Mr Sammy Wilson, MP (Democratic Unionist Party, East Antrim)

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