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Police: Northern Ireland

Volume 713: debated on Tuesday 20 October 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 20 December 2004 (WA 113) and by Lord Rooker on 16 July 2007 (WA 6–7) relating to an incident involving Royal Ulster Constabulary Constable Trevor Purcell during a riot on 13 July 2001, whether, following the dismissal of court proceedings against him on 29 November 2004, the misconduct proceedings instigated against the constable by the Police Service of Northern Ireland have been concluded; and, if not, to what extent the continuation of those proceedings takes account of the interests of justice, the public interest and any effects on the officer. [HL5520]

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.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 20 December 2004 (WA 113) and by Lord Rooker on 16 July 2007 (WA 6–7) relating to an incident involving Royal Ulster Constabulary Constable Trevor Purcell during a riot on 13 July 2001, what assessment they have made of Sir Hugh Orde's handling of the case when he was chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland. [HL5521]

Specific regulations are in place which provide for the operation of disciplinary procedures by the chief constable. It is not for Government to carry out an assessment of the chief constable's handling of any individual discipline case. However, on conclusion of internal misconduct proceedings, including the chief constable's review, an officer will be notified of his right to appeal to the Northern Ireland Policing Board.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answers by Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 20 December 2004 (WA 113) and by Lord Rooker on 16 July 2007 (WA 6–7) relating to an incident involving Royal Ulster Constabulary Constable Trevor Purcell during a riot on 13 July 2001, whether they will review disciplinary procedures and examine the need to compensate the constable for any loss of promotion opportunities and for any stress caused by the disciplinary proceedings. [HL5522]

The chief constable has advised that these matters remain the subject of ongoing disciplinary proceedings. The chief constable has responsibility for the direction and control of the police and, as such, Government do not intend to review the disciplinary procedures applied to this individual case or to examine the need to compensate the officer for loss of promotion opportunities or stress caused by disciplinary proceedings.