HC Deb 19 July 2001 vol 372 cc314-5W
Mr. McNamara

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he has taken to ensure the records of the Patten Commission, the written submissions made to it and the transcripts of oral hearings are(a) made available to researchers and (b) archived for historians. [1224]

Jane Kennedy

After the Commission reported in September 1999, it arranged for the research material and the records of the oral submissions to be placed in the Linenhall Library in Belfast. On written submissions, the Commission placed an advertisement in the main Northern Ireland newspapers in October 1999 advising the public that private or personal submissions which had been made to it would be destroyed. Other written submissions which were made to the Commission were passed to the Northern Ireland Office and will be made available in accordance with usual public record requirements.