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District Policing

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many ex-RUC officers applied to become members of District Policing Partnerships; how many were shortlisted; how many were deemed appointable onto the District Policing Partnerships; and how many were appointed to District Policing Partnerships. [108438]

According to Policing Board records, 10 former police officers applied to become members of District Policing Partnerships. Of those, nine were shortlisted, and two were appointed.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will instigate a review of appointments to District Policing Boards to ensure that appointments are made on personal merit; and if he will make a statement. [102131]

There are no plans to review the appointment of independent members to District Policing Partnerships.My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, published a Code of Practice in August 2000, after extensive consultation, on the appointment of independent members of DPPs. The process adopted by the Policing Board was in line with the guidelines issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments, and had been considered by the Equality Commission.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the breakdown by party affiliation is of those councillors chosen to serve as members of District Policing Partnerships. [110206]

The following table details the breakdown of the political affiliations of the councillors chosen to serve as political members of the 26 District Policing Partnerships.

Political affiliationTotal
Alliance Party9
DUP69
Independent12
Independent Unionist Party1
PUP1
UK Unionist Party1
UUP80
SDLP68