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Police: Northern Ireland

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Whether they propose to amend the law on powers of arrest in Northern Ireland, in line with Section 110 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 in England and Wales; and, if so, when. [HL 7001]

The draft Police and Criminal Evidence (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 contains proposals aimed at bringing police powers in Northern Ireland more into line with that currently available to police officers in England and Wales. This includes the new powers of arrest introduced in England and Wales by Section 110 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005.

Subject to consideration of responses received as part of the public consultation exercise on the draft order, these proposals will be brought before Parliament later this year.