Westminster On The Runs inquiry to begin



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Two former senior PSNI officers will today give evidence to a Parliamentary committee about their knowledge of the On The Runs (OTRs) administrative scheme.

Former Assistant Chief Constable Peter Sheridan and former Detective Chief Superintendent Norman Baxter will be the first witnesses in front of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee as it begins its inquiry into the scandal which last month led Peter Robinson to threaten to resign as First Minister.

The DUP leader withdrew that threat after the Government said it would appoint a judge to review the scheme.

However, the Westminster Committee has considerably wider powers at its disposal — including the ability to compel witnesses to attend and give evidence in public.

The cross-party committee of MPs has appealed for written evidence to be submitted to it about the “letters of comfort”to on the runs set up by Tony Blair’s Government.

Written evidence can be given to the committee via its website: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/northern-ireland-affairs-committee.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 2, and submissions should be no longer than 3,000 words.