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Property Portfolio

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the estimated value is of the property portfolio held by his Department. [108368]

The total value of the property portfolio held by the Northern Ireland Office as recorded in the NIO Asset register in the year 2001ߝ02 is £9,080,803.38.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many police officers the Police Ombudsman has suspended from duty pending investigation since her appointment to the post. [107481]

The Police Ombudsman has no power to suspend police officers. However where, during the course of an investigation, there are indications that the conduct of a police officer did not meet the appropriate standard, the Ombudsman is required to immediately notify the appropriate authority, and provide all relevant material, to enable that authority to consider suspension. In the case of a non-senior officer (up to Chief Superintendent) that authority is the Chief Constable and in the case of a senior officer the authority is the Northern Ireland Policing Board. The Chief Constable advises that since the appointment of the Police Ombudsman on 6 November 2000 a total of 15 police officers have been suspended, following such notifications, pending investigation by the Ombudsman's office.