New Forest East


Dr Julian Lewis: Does my right hon. Friend recall that the previous Secretary of State for Northern Ireland suggested that the possibility of dealing with legacy cases through a Statute of Limitations coupled with a truth recovery process would be included as an option in the forthcoming consultation exercise? Does she accept that that is a legitimate option for consideration, and will she therefore ensure that it is not excluded from that consultation exercise?

[The Prime Minister: My right hon. Friend raises a very important issue. At its heart is the support and gratitude that we owe to all those who have served in our Armed Forces. Our Armed Forces personnel are willing to put their lives on the line for our safety day in and day out, as are our personnel who work in law enforcement. The peace we see today in Northern Ireland is very much due to the work of our Armed Forces and law enforcement in Northern Ireland, but we have an unfair situation at the moment, in that the only people being investigated for these issues that happened in the past are those in our Armed Forces or those who served in law enforcement in Northern Ireland. That is patently unfair – terrorists are not being investigated. Terrorists should be investigated and that is what the Government want to see.]