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Northern Ireland Assembly: Policing and Justice

Volume 707: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether responsibility for historic inquiries involving the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC and the Police Service for Northern Ireland will come within the responsibility of the Northern Ireland Assembly at the same time as the devolution of policing and justice; if so, what will be the manpower and financial implications for policing; and how it is planned to provide the necessary resources. [HL653]

Both the Police Service of Northern Ireland's Historical Enquiries Team (HET) and the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland carry out reviews/investigations of historic incidents. Both are expected to come within the legislative competence of the Northern Ireland Assembly as part of the devolution of policing and justice. The resourcing of the HET is additional to the core PSNI budget and the resourcing of the police ombudsman historical inquiries is additional to the ombudsman's core budget.