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Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 4 November 2009

9. What recent assessment he has made of the progress of devolution of responsibility for criminal justice and policing to the Northern Ireland Assembly; and if he will make a statement. (296675)

It is for the parties in Northern Ireland to decide when to request transfer. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has made a settlement of upwards of £800 million available to the parties if they reach agreement.

Is the Secretary of State satisfied that in no circumstances will intelligence-gathering be compromised under any possible devolution?