HC Deb 28 January 1987 vol 109 cc301-2W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) if he will now make a statement on the killing of Michael Tighe and the wounding of Martin McCauley at Ballyneery on 24 November 1982;

(2) what evidence the Royal Ulster Constabulary has of Michael Tighe's connections with the Irish Republican Army; and when the report claiming such a link was first noted in his Royal Ulster Constabulary file;

(3) what listening devices were in use at the hayshed where Michael Tighe was killed on 24 November 1982; what warnings were given to him before shots were fired; and why the tape recording was never made available to the courts or to Mr. John Stalker during his inquiry;

(4) at what level in the Royal Ulster Constabulary approval was given for issuing the Royal Ulster Constabulary press release on the shooting of Seamus Grew and Roderick Carroll on 12 December 1982 at Mullacreevie Park and on the shooting of Eugene Toman, Gervasie McKerr and Sean Burns at Tullygally Road, Lurgan, on 11 November 1982;

(5) if he will now make a statement on the shooting of Eugene Toman in November 1982;

(6) what report he has received on the forensic evidence in the Grew and Carroll shootings in December 1982.

Mr. Tom King

The facts concerning the incidents to which the hon. Member refers are the subject of investigation by Mr. Colin Sampson. The first part of his report was submitted to the Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary on 22 October and covers the incident of 24 November 1982 in which Mr. Michael Tighe was shot dead. A copy was also submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland. The second part is expected to be completed shortly.

As I have told the House before, I shall at the earliest appropriate time make a statement on any matters arising from the report that fall within my responsibility. I do not yet know how soon that will be.