PM dismisses call for amnesty on crimes committed in the Troubles
The prime minister has told MPs he has "no plans" for an amnesty for those who committed crimes during Northern Ireland's Troubles.
The proposal has been advocated by Northern Ireland's attorney general.
During prime minister's questions on 20 November 2013, the DUP's leader in the Commons, Nigel Dodds, demanded that there be "no question of an amnesty for any terrorist atrocities and crimes and that all victims of terrorism deserve truth and justice".
David Cameron decried the attorney general's remarks as "very much his own words and not at the behest of anybody else".
"There are no plans to legislate for an amnesty for crimes that were committed during the Troubles," he continued.
"Richard Haass, as he knows, is currently consulting with all the Northern Ireland parties on issues from the past as well as parades and flags and I think that is the right forum in which to discuss these issues".
Labour's Peter Hain, a former secretary of state for Northern Ireland, saw "some merit in the proposal from the Northern Ireland attorney general".
"Rather than incurring enormous expenditure and effort pursuing crimes committed during the Troubles decades ago" Mr Hain argued, "justified grievances, including those of widows of prison officers and police officers should be addressed in other ways so that Northern Ireland can move on from its hideous past."
Mr Cameron said of the police and prosecuting authorities, "they should, if they're able to, be able to bring cases and I think it's rather dangerous to think you can put a block on that".
Earlier exchanges between the prime minister and the leader of the opposition focused on the government's childcare policies.
The question session finished with a point of order from Labour MP Michael Meacher, who accused Mr Cameron of rudeness for joking that he had taken mind-altering substances.
Mr Cameron said it had been "light-hearted banter".