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Police: Northern Ireland

Volume 712: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the future of the full-time reserve of the Police Service for Northern Ireland. [HL4389]

The Government have accepted Patten's recommendation, echoing the Royal Ulster Constabulary's own fundamental review, that the full-time reserve should be phased out, as the security situation allowed. A programme of severance was negotiated and agreed so that all officers will have left the service by 31 March 2011.

The chief constable's assessments of policing needs and of the security situation inform his decision about the number of full-time reserve officers that is required at any time. The chief constable last week recommended that, following his recent security review, the current programme of phasing out of the FTR should continue.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reorganise the staffing and location of the Police Service for Northern Ireland in County Tyrone. [HL4490]

That is an operational matter for the chief constable. I have asked him to reply directly to the noble Lord, and a copy of his letter will be placed in the Library of the House.