UK response to de Silva report on Pat Finucane: Lessons learnt by government departments from Sir Desmond de Silva’s Report of the Patrick Finucane Review
David Cameron | 16 January 2015
The Prime Minister made a statement to Parliament on lessons learnt by government from Sir Desmond de Silva’s Report of the Patrick Finucane Review.
The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland appointed Sir Desmond de Silva QC in October 2011 to conduct an independent review into the question of State involvement in the murder of Patrick Finucane in 1989. His report was published on 12 December 2012.
On that day, I told the House that we would study Sir Desmond’s report in detail to see whether any further lessons could be learnt. I said that I would ask the Secretaries of State for Defence and Northern Ireland and the Cabinet Secretary to report back to me on all the issues that arise from this report and publish their responses. The responses take the form of a joint report by the Cabinet Secretary, the Secretary of State for Defence and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which is attached and will be published on gov.uk today. Copies are also being placed in the Library of the House.