Peter Brooke

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Peter Brooke was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 24 July 1989 to 10 April 1992.[1] He was raised to the peerage as Baron Brooke of Sutton Mandeville in 2001.[2]

Northern Ireland Secretary

Kincora controversy

In February 1990, Brooke told Kevin McNamara, Labour's then Northern Ireland spokesman, that the Kincora affair had been investigated 'as fully and thoroughly as lies within the power of the Government to investigate it, and that no purpose would now be served by a further inquiry'.[3] In October 1990, Brooke conceded for the first time, that the reports about the Kincora home came to the attention of the police. In a letter to Kevin McNamara, he said: 'It is, with hindsight, regrettable that the rumours were not followed up earlier.'[4]

External resources


  1. David Butler and Gareth Butler, Twentieth Century British Political Facts 1900-2000, Macmillan, 2000, pp.41-46.
  2. Lord Brooke of Sutton Mandeville,, accessed 24 June 2010.
  3. Richard Norton-Taylor, Security service 'blocked Kincora inquiry', Guardian, 2 June 1990.
  4. Richard Norton-Taylor, MoD may face charges over interference in Wallace case, The Guardian, 2 October 1990.