The Secretary of State Owen Patterson told me in March this year that he would make his decision after the Northern Ireland Assembly elections as he was in the final stages of taking that decision. I am disappointed that he has not kept his promise.

I am also very unhappy that no reason has been provided to me for this delay. Neither correspondence nor contact has been made to the family’s legal representative or me informing us that the decision has been put back and will be dealt with after the House of Commons recess.

It is an untenable and insensitive situation and confirms my belief that the policy of delay continues.