John Waters

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Sir John Waters was General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland from 1988 to 1990.[1]

According to BBC journalist John Ware, RUC Chief Constable Sir Hugh Annesley instructed Waters to withhold army intelligence and details of army intelligence units from the inquiry led by Sir John Stevens into security force leaks to loyalists.[2]

This claim was raised in the House of Commons in May 2003:

Mr. McNamara To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what instructions were received by Sir John Waters from Sir Hugh Annesley concerning co-operation with the Stevens Inquiry; and if he will place a copy of the instructions in the Library. [111853]
Mr. Ingram The Police investigation under Sir John Stevens is continuing. I am therefore withholding the information requested under section 4a of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.[3]


  1. Roles of Prominent People Listed by Position Held, CAIN Web Service, University of Ulster, accessed 22 November 2009.
  2. John Ware, What will the Stevens report bring?, Panorama, BBC, 2003.
  3. Stevens Inquiry, Written Answers, House of Commons, Stevens Inquiry, 12 May 2003.