TOPICAL QUESTION – OPERATION BANNER VETERANS – 23 October 2017
Dr Julian Lewis: Given the concern on both sides of the House about the prosecution of Northern Ireland veterans up to 40 years after incidents occurred for which no new evidence is available, what would the Secretary of State’s reaction be to an approach from the main Opposition party to see whether some form of consensus could be agreed on how to prevent that from happening?
[The Minister for the Armed Forces (Mark Lancaster): There is broad agreement within Northern Ireland that the current systems and structures for dealing with the legacy of the troubles are not delivering enough for victims, survivors and wider society. We are working with the Northern Ireland Office to ensure that investigations are fair and proportionate, and that they focus on terrorists not the personnel who kept us safe. We think that there should be, and would welcome, further discussions.]