THE Government has been pressed to ‘urgently release’ a report into compensation for victims of IRA attacks linked to Libyan explosives, including the Warrington bombing.

Former Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi supplied weapons such as Semtex to the IRA during the Troubles.

These explosives are thought to have enabled the blast on Bridge Street in Warrington town centre in 1993, which killed three-year-old Johnathan Ball and 12-year-old Tim Parry and injured dozens of others.

Ex-Charity Commission chairman William Shawcross was appointed special representative on UK victims of Gaddafi-sponsored IRA terrorism to investigate the appropriate levels of compensation for victims.

The report he subsequently produced was delivered to the Government last year, but has so far not been published.

Shadow Northern Ireland secretary of state Louise Haigh has written to foreign secretary Dominic Raab calling for the release of the report.

She said in her letter: "It is clear to the opposition that the government must communicate the findings to victims as a matter of urgency.

"It is time the report was urgently released and victims were given answers and the redress they have fought so long for.

"Further delays are simply intolerable."

A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office spokesman said: "We are taking this work forward.

"Ministers are carefully considering the complex issues captured in Mr Shawcross' internal report, giving due respect to the victims."