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Public Prosecution Service: Londonderry

Volume 476: debated on Wednesday 21 May 2008

To ask the Solicitor-General what progress has been made on the (a) plans and (b) timescale for the opening of the regional office of the Public Prosecution Service in Derry; what the proposed (i) staffing complement and (ii) service areas are; and if she will make a statement. (205592)

The proposed Public Prosecution Service, Derry Northern Regional Office is located at 35 Limavady Road, Londonderry. The building will be a three-storey office building with 30 car parking spaces on a site dedicated to the PPS.

Work commenced on the building shell in January 2008. The programme of work will be completed in September 2008 with the building becoming fully operational in October 2008.

The building will be known as Foyle Chambers and will accommodate 50 PPS staff.

At present the Northern Regional Office is being operated from offices in Coleraine and Ballymena Chambers.

The service areas for Foyle Chambers are Derry, Magherafelt and Limavady.