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Police

Volume 407: debated on Monday 23 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of (a) the police force of the Irish Republic and (b) other foreign police services have been (i) recruited and (ii) seconded to the PSNI since the name of the police was changed. [117736]

No officers from the Garda Siochana or foreign police services have been recruited or seconded to PSNI.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of (a) ethnic minorities, (b) women, (c) Roman Catholics and (d) others have been recruited into the PSNI since the name of the police was changed. [117737]

Numbers of ethnic minorities, women, Roman Catholics and others recruited to the PSNI to date are as follows:

GroupNumber
Ethnic minorities1
Female258
Roman Catholic400
Others377

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) Roman Catholics and (b) others have been rejected for admission to the suitably qualified pool for recruitment to the PSNI. [117738]

Excluding those who were not eligible due to age, citizenship, non completion of forms or who withdrew or did not attend the initial interview to date, a total of 4,066 Roman Catholics and 7,258 others have been rejected for admission to the suitable pool for recruitment.