Administrative scheme for "on-the-runs"

Oral evidence ongoing

For the inquiry, the Committee will look at in particular:

  • Background to, and origins of, the scheme, and what was the purpose and intended effect of the scheme
  • The scheme itself, including the determination of who constitutes “on-the-runs”
  • The legal status and legal implications of the scheme
  • Involvement by HM Government, other Governments, the Attorney General’s Office, the Armed Forces, Police services, The Public
  • Prosecution Service for NI, and any others, and any advice sought by them
  • Accountability to Parliament about the scheme, and the political implications of the scheme
  • People on the scheme
  • The letters themselves, including their contents and their legal standing; can holders of such letters still be prosecuted if the relevant authorities deem such action to be appropriate
  • The Royal Prerogative of Mercy
  • Errors made under the scheme
  • The impact of the scheme on victims and relatives
  • Devolution of policing and justice
  • The current situation regarding the scheme and “on-the-runs”
  • What effect does the scheme have on existing Human Rights and/or Equalities legislation
  • The future regarding “on-the-runs” and others
  • Any other related matters

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What's on

Date Business
19 November 2014
2:30 pm
Subject: Administrative scheme for “on-the-runs”
Witness(es): Sir Bill Jeffrey, former Political Director, Northern Ireland Office; Sir Jonathan Phillips, former Permanent Secretary, Northern Ireland Office


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