The Government are committed to providing the resources necessary to ensure the effective policing of Northern Ireland. It is principally a matter for the Chief Constable to determine the size and composition of the police service within the available resources. He has recently confirmed his intention that the full time reserve should be wound down in line with the existing severance programme by March 2011. The Government are committed to the commissioning of an independent review of policing numbers and structures during 2009-10.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the senior commander establishment for the Police Service of Northern Ireland; how many senior commander posts are vacant; and what are the qualifications and lengths of service (including service with other constabularies) of each senior commander in post. [HL5057]
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.