15.The Committee welcomes the Government`s desire to legislate to tackle the legacy of the past in Northern Ireland. The investigation by our previous committee in the previous Parliament revealed shortcomings in the bill that would have prevented it from leaving wide support in Northern Ireland. However, the new proposals are a one-sided and unreasable departure from the Stormont agreement, not a positive and progressive development. The government must introduce legislation as soon as possible in accordance with the six principles of the Stormont House agreement: 1.In a written ministerial statement (WMS) issued on 18 March 2020, the Minister of Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis MP, has reported on the government`s new legislative proposals to deal with the legacy of the turmoil in Northern Ireland.1. 2 The WMS was published two months after the publication of New Decade, New Approach, which provided for the government`s commitment to “publish and introduce within 100 days legislation in the British Parliament to implement the Stormont House Agreement.”3 A new approach to dealing with Northern Ireland`s past was an important and uncoming element of the Stormont House Agreement 2014. The WMS said the new framework would include “significant changes” from the previous Stormont House Agreement.4 The head of the Northern Ireland Police Federation has described the Northern Ireland Heritage Management Bill as “perverse.” 13.In the WMS, the Minister of Northern Ireland outlined a new framework for resolving legacy charges in Northern Ireland, including “substantial changes” to the Stormont Agreement.24 Referring to the NIO`s public consultation on Bill 2018, he stated: “The lack of a financial mechanism to support the costly legal defence of the “tsunami” of charges that will inevitably be shocking is a refusal that would never have been should have been included in this bill. 8.The new institutes were not created when the executive collapsed in January 2017. From May to October 2018, the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) conducted a public consultation on the implementation of the agreement`s contaminated site proposals. The consultation received more than 17,000 responses, with the NIO publishing its analysis in July 2019.12 In addition to the consultation document, the government also published a bill.13 We have carefully reviewed each of these [consultation responses] and have been working to find a way for all those affected by the legacy of the riots to reconcile and prosper. It is clear that, if the principles underlying the bill, as consulted in 2018, are maintained, significant changes will be required to reach a broad consensus on the implementation of the legislation25.25 Mr. Lindsay said that the proposed bill would allow “the terrorist to tell his story without fear of sanctions or legal action.” , and gives a one-sided presentation.
where their actions are justified in one way or another.” 9.Our previous committee of the previous Parliament conducted an inquiry that examined the bill, but this inquiry was limited by the December 2019 parliamentary elections before a report could be published.14 A number of views were expressed in response to this inquiry. Concerns have been expressed about the role and powers of law enforcement bodies, particularly the HIU. Among the key differences of opinion were the scope of the HST`s investigative powers, the inclusion of “non-criminal police misconduct” in the IBIU mission, and the ability of ICIR to verify information.15 Submissions to our 2020 investigation also contained a number of views on the Stormont House Agreement and the Bill.