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Forensic Science

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 23 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures he has considered with a view to supporting and improving the operation of forensic science services in Northern Ireland. (137969)

Forensic science services in Northern Ireland are provided by Forensic Science Northern Ireland (FSNI)—an agency of the NIO delivering independent expert forensic analysis and advice to the criminal justice system. It is held to account for its operation and performance by a ministerial advisory board which reports directly to me. A major modernisation programme, initiated in 2005, has resulted in considerable changes and improvements to the agency's operations. In addition work has been commissioned to reassess the accommodation needs of the agency, with a view to facilitating the further modernisation and development of its services.