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Northern Ireland Executive: Policing and Justice

Volume 698: debated on Monday 28 January 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have any plans to devolve policing and justice to the Northern Ireland Executive while the Irish Republican Army Council is still active. [HL1369]

The Government's position was set out in the St Andrews agreement. Implementation of the agreement should be sufficient to build the community confidence for the Assembly to request the devolution of policing and justice by May 2008. Reflecting that position the Government are committed to completing the necessary practical arrangements to transfer these powers in May, if the Assembly so requests.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What measurement they have used to calculate current support in Northern Ireland for the devolution of policing and justice. [HL1370]

The necessary measure of support for the devolution of policing and justice was set down by Parliament in Section 4 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. That requires that the motion proposing the transfer of powers be tabled by the First and Deputy First Ministers and supported in the Assembly, on a cross-community vote, by a majority of members voting, a majority of designated nationalists voting and a majority of designated unionists voting.