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History: Northern Ireland

Question for Northern Ireland Office

UIN HL1908, tabled on 19 July 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to commission an official history of Northern Ireland from 1968 to 1998; and if they have any such plans, whether they plan to appoint a panel of historians to oversee the project.

Answered on

2 August 2022

As announced alongside the introduction of the Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill on 17 May 2022, the Government intends to commission an Official History relating to the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

This will be conducted by independent historians with access to all relevant material in Government records, and with the purpose of providing an examination of the Government’s policy towards Northern Ireland during this time.

The project will be steered by experts, who will make recommendations on scope and other important details. Further details will be announced in due course.