Mon 21 December 2009, The Guardian

The Saville report: late, costly – and unnecessary, too?

By Marcel Berlins
On 22 March next year, Lord Saville of Newdigate expects to deliver to the government the report of the Bloody Sunday inquiry. The word "expects" has been used before. The public hearings ended in November 2004, and the report has been expected – or at least hoped for – from 2006 onwards. The inquiry has already cost, according to a parliamentary answer last week, more than £189m, about half of which was paid out in legal fees.
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