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Police Service

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the future awarding of the Royal Ulster Constabulary long service medal to members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland Reserve. [110790]

The Royal Warrant for the Special Constabulary Long Service Medal is in the process of being revised to allow service in the Police Service of Northern Ireland Reserve to be aggregated with previous service in the Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve for the purpose of eligibility for the award of the Medal.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many of the successful applicants in the recent competition for clerical posts with the Police Service of Northern Ireland were (a) Roman Catholic and (b) others; and how many of these successful applicants have been offered a post. [86960]

In the latest competition for administrative assistants in the Police Service of Northern Ireland, which took place in May 2002, 264 candidates were found suitable for inclusion in the merit pool. Of these, 26 were classified as having a Roman Catholic community background, and 238 as having a non-Roman Catholic background. 52 were, therefore, appointable under current legislation, all of whom will be offered a post.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether it is his policy that past terrorist atrocities which have not resulted in charges or convictions should not be investigated by the Police Service of Northern Ireland. [102091]

No. Whether a criminal investigation is reopened by the PSNI is a matter for the Chief Constable. When there are calls for public inquiries into past incidents, the Government have to decide on a case by case basis the most appropriate course of action. In doing so the Government's priority is that those responsible should be convicted and that the whole truth should emerge. In many cases I believe that criminal investigations represent the best way of achieving this.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) whether serving officers in the Garda Siochana will be subject to the 50:50 Catholic: non-Catholic recruitment quotas if they apply to join the Police Service of Northern Ireland under the proposed arrangements; [98558](2) whether serving officers in police forces in Great Britain are subject to the 50:50 Catholic: non-Catholic recruitment quotas if they apply to join the Police Service of Northern Ireland. [98559]

The 50:50 recruitment arrangements apply only to police trainees. They do not apply to lateral entry at ranks above constable. Serving police officers in both the Garda Siochana and police services in Great Britain are therefore subject to the 50:50 arrangements if they apply to join the Police Service of Northern Ireland as police trainees. The proposed new arrangements provided for by clause 19 of the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill, to enable fixed term appointments of up to three years to the Police Service of Northern Ireland, will apply only to the ranks of sergeant to Chief Superintendent. The 50:50 recruitment arrangements will therefore not apply to appointments under this scheme.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons who at the time of their application were serving as police officers in forces in Great Britain have applied to join the Police Service of Northern Ireland; and of these, how many have been appointed. [98560]

Numbers of applicants and appointees to the Police Service of Northern Ireland who were formerly serving officers in GB are as follows:

PSNI post/rank applied forNumber of applicants from GB police forcesNumber of appointees from GB police forces
Trainee constable1Not known17
Sergeant157
Inspector64
Chief Inspector101
Assistant Chief Constable10
Deputy Chief Constable321
Chief Constable21
1 It is not possible to determine the numbers of serving officers from GB forces who have applied for trainee posts in the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
2 Appointment announced, to commence at the beginning of April 2003.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons classified as (a) male Catholic, (b) male non-Catholic, (c) female Catholic and (d) female non-Catholic were admitted to, and graduated from, each training course run by the Police Service of Northern Ireland to date; and what the maximum number of recruits was that could be accommodated on each of these courses. [98561]

The information requested is set out in the table. The maximum number of recruits that could be accommodated in the PSNI college is 48 and 60 alternating every 5 weeks, to a maximum of 540 students per year.

PSNI intakesPSNI graduates
Non RCRCNon RCRC
Intake dateMFMFMFMF
4 November 2001176168176148
9 December 200123615152361514
20 January 200214102041410194
24 February 20021713191017121910
31 March 200215913101591310
5 May 2002142119132109
9 June 200211141881114188
14 July 2002155192155192
18 August 200211182261117225
22 September 2002133135Still in training
27 October 2002226225
1 December 2002146207
12 January 200315485
16 February 2003123151