asked Her Majesty's Government:
Why the 2009 completion date for a new Police Service of Northern Ireland police college has been postponed; whether all consultants working on the project have had to cease their work; and what will be the cost of compensation for this delay.[HL6657]
The PSNI has completed a detailed re-scoping of the new police college project and a revised outline business case has been submitted to the department.
The Government have advised the policing board and PSNI that it will make up to £90 million available for the new college and work is ongoing to explore a number of options to take this project forward. Currently consultancy work and the commencement of the construction of the college are on hold until that work is finalised and it is too early to say when the college will be completed. There will be no compensation for this delay.
District policing partnerships form a vital link between their local community and the PSNI and have increased the understanding of the public in policing issues. The policing Oversight Commissioner has reported that district policing partnerships are functioning as intended and therefore Government have no plans for a review of their role and functions.