Lord Laird and Pensions

Never a man to avoid controversy, Lord Laird has written to the Secretary of State asking him to investigate the apparent allegation that a blind eye is being turned to smuggling activity and investment of illegally obtained assets by republican paramilitaries. His list of questions seems very general and as such is unlikely to turn up a great deal; the initial NIO response is predictably bland. He is, however, also considering using Parliamentary Privilege to name alleged smugglers.

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