North Antrim MP Ian Paisley has welcomed the Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland's call for the Government to "urgently release" the Shawcross report on compensation for victims of Libyan sponsored IRA terrorism. The call by Louise Haigh follows a similar call by a cross-party group of MPs including Mr Paisley last week.
The DUP MP said, "The appointment of William Shawcross in 2019 was a major step forward for the victims of Gaddafi sponsored terrorism. It is something the DUP had pressed the Government to move forward with.
Despite the report having been submitted to Ministers months ago it has not been published and remains secret. Victims across the UK who suffered at the hands of weapons and explosives supplied to the IRA by Gaddafi remain without justice and have been denied access to the recommendations made by Mr Shawcross.
There is clear support from across the House of Commons, including within the Conservative Party for the publication of this report. It is time the Government delivered on their obligation to victims to do so.
Victims in the United Kingdom have seen others across the world receive compensation for their suffering at the hands of other Libyan-sponsored terrorism whilst they continue to wait. The failures of the Blair Government to pursue this issue properly must not be compounded by a failure of this government to act.
Victims deserve to know what proposals have been put forward by Mr Shawcross and whether the government has any intention on making good on its promises. This report must be published without any further delay."