BUSINESS QUESTION – GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO HCDC REPORT – 16 January 2020
Dr Julian Lewis: Near the start of the general election campaign, the Government made a statement that appeared to accept the recommendation in the Defence Committee’s report of 22 July about a Qualified Statute of Limitation for Northern Ireland veteran Service personnel. When will there be a Government response to that report, as the conventional two months for such a response have long since elapsed?
[The Leader of the House of Commons (Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg): Things change at a Dissolution, and the responses are done on a different basis. There is consultation between the new Committee and the Government on its outstanding reports. Having thanked my right hon. Friend for his fantastic work as Chair of the Defence Committee, the Ministry of Defence is working on its responses. It cannot respond until there is a Committee to respond to, and the motion to select the Committee Chairs is set down on today’s Order Paper.]