HC Deb 17 December 1985 vol 89 cc134-5W
Mr. Cohen

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what preconditions Mr. Colin Wallace sought to impose before being interviewed by the committee of inquiry into children's homes and hostels in Northern Ireland; to what extent these were met; and what reasons Mr. Wallace gave for not taking part in the interview.

Mr. Needham

These are matters principally for the committee of inquiry I understand, however, that among other things Mr. Wallace sought permission to disclose to the committee material, including if necessary classified material, gained in the course of his employment with the Ministry of Defence. Mr. Wallace was given permission to disclose any such information relevant to the inquiry.

I understand that Mr. Wallace has recently indicated that he is prepared to meet the committee.