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Police: Northern Ireland

Volume 702: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 3 June (WA 45) concerning resignation from the Police Service of Northern Ireland of officers appointed on the “50–50” recruitment system, what the category of “undetermined” signifies. [HL4094]

The category of “undetermined” signifies that a community background determination could not be made for these employees based on the information they provided on their equality monitoring form.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 3 June (WA 45–6) concerning police manning in County Fermanagh, whether the officer seriously injured in a recent car bomb has been replaced for day-to-day work purposes. [HL4111]

I am pleased to report that the officer is making steady progress. The chief constable has provided me with the following Answer.

The injured officer was attached to response policing within F district. The district commander has set minimum strengths for response policing, and additional officers are deployed where necessary to ensure that these levels are maintained.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which areas of Northern Ireland have little or no night cover by the Police Service of Northern Ireland; and what steps they will take to remedy this situation. [HL4188]

The chief constable has provided me with the following Answer.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland provides a 24-hour, seven days a week response service to every area in Northern Ireland. Where analysis indicates, additional neighbourhood policing, tactical support group and roads policing officers will be deployed to support response policing or to address specific problems.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many personnel and what outside agencies are employed in public relations work for the Police Service of Northern Ireland; and what has been the service's total public relations budget in each year since 2002. [HL4189]

The chief constable has provided me with the following Answer.

There are six personnel employed in the public relations branch of the Department of Media and PR within the PSNI. The outside agencies used are Whitenoise Design Ltd and Genesis Advertising Ltd. Information specific to the total PR budget is not available; the budget for that area also includes News/Press, Media Monitoring, Public Affairs, Administration and Information Management.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many people are employed in the Police Ombudsman's Northern Ireland office and what is the cost of that office in the current year. [HL4192]

145 staff are currently employed in the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland. The budget for the office in the current year is £9,977,000.