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Police: Northern Ireland

Volume 700: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What discussions they have had with the Government of the Republic of Ireland about the problem for police serving in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland of arresting persons suspected of having committed crimes in one jurisdiction who have since crossed the border, in the absence of Schengen arrangements; and [HL2488]

How they intend to address the legal obstacles for the Police Service of Northern Ireland of arresting persons suspected of having committed crimes in the Republic of Ireland who have since gone to Northern Ireland, in the absence of Schengen arrangements. [HL2489]

North/South policing issues are discussed with the Government of the Republic of Ireland on a regular basis. The Government are currently considering how best to enhance the legal framework governing co-operation between the PSNI and An Garda Siochana.