Human Rights and Equality in Northern Ireland

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4. Mr. William Ross (East Londonerry): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in determining the number of murders committed by the (a) Provisional Irish Republican Army, (b) Ulster Defence Association and (c) Ulster Volunteer Force in the past three years.[148630] The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (Mr. Adam Ingram): It is not possible to be definitive in attributing responsibility to specific groups. The Royal Ulster Constabulary can make attribution only in more general terms—that is, republican or loyalist. I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will understand that any information that may exist about the involvement of specific organisations would often be as a result of intelligence and therefore inappropriate to be placed in the public domain.

The following Members attended the Committee:
McWilliam, Mr. John (Chairman)
Barnes, Mr.
Beggs, Mr.
Browne, Mr.
Cran, Mr.
Donaldson, Mr.
Ellman Mrs.
Godman, Dr. Norman A.
Hunter, Mr.
Jackson, Helen
McCartney, Mr. Robert
McIsaac, Shona
McWalter, Mr.
Moran, Ms.
Öpik, Mr.
Pound, Mr.
Smyth, Rev. Martin
Taylor, Mr. John M.
Thompson, Mr.

The following also attended, pursuant to Standing Order No. 109(4):

Dowd, Mr. Jim (Lord Commissioner to the Treasury) Ingram, Mr. Adam (Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office)
Howarth, Mr. George (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland)

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