To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in providing a new police college in Northern Ireland; where it is to be located; at what stage it is in the planning process; when tenders will be invited; what is the expected date for beginning construction; and whether a budget has been agreed. [HL4836]
The design for the new combined police, fire and prison service college has commenced and is presently at concept design stage. The design and business case are due to be completed in autumn 2009.
The college will be located at Desertcreat in Cookstown. A full planning application is due to be submitted in November 2009. The tendering process is due to take place in mid to late 2010. Construction is planned to commence by end 2010 and completed by end 2012 or early 2013. The cost of the project is estimated at £150 million.