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Police Service of Northern Ireland: Finance

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effects of the shortfall in the policing budget of £88 million over the last three years identified by the Policing Board of Northern Ireland; what steps he plans to take to address those effects; and if he will make a statement. (227727)

The Northern Ireland Office secured a substantial level of funding for policing in Northern Ireland in the 2007 comprehensive spending review. We recognise, however, that within this generous settlement PSNI will need to prioritise their plans.

As the financial year progresses the Northern Ireland Office will continue to work closely with the PSNI and the Policing Board to identify ways that will enable PSNI to balance their budget over the CSR07 period.