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Criminal Justice and Policing: Devolution

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2008

10. To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the devolution of criminal justice and policing to Northern Ireland. (204428)

The Government are ready to transfer responsibility for policing and justice as soon as the Assembly requests this. The people of Northern Ireland want to see policing and justice devolve. Significant progress has been made on this since last May, not least with the publication of the Assembly's report which I laid before Parliament on 25 March 2008. I hope the parties will reach agreement on the timing without delay and complete the process of devolution.