North Antrim DUP MP Ian Paisley has welcomed the news that former Prime Minister Tony Blair will give evidence to the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee inquiry into the OTR scandal.
The DUP MP said, ‘For some time now it appears that Tony Blair has been on the run from this Committee. It is vital that we get to the bottom of the grubby deal struck between the previous Labour Government and republicans and the ‘capture’ of Mr Blair by the Committee will help in this process.
It would have been a contempt of Parliament for him not to attend and this demonstrates the power of the Committee.’
Upper Bann MP David Simpson commented on the fact that two government officials will not now appear at the Committee. He said, ‘Parliamentary Committees do not take their work lightly and the need to get to the bottom of this scandal is absolutely paramount. It will be for the Committee to decide what course of action to take in relation to this failure, but it is notable that Tony Blair will now appear before the Committee and I would hope that the matter does not rest here but that all avenues are pursued to ensure that all evidence from relevant personnel is heard.’