To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in light of the level of public confidence in policing in Northern Ireland, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland will increase the frequency with which he publicly responds on policing and justice matters in Northern Ireland, rather than relying on comments by the chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland. [HL5574]
In responding to questions about policing in Northern Ireland, the Secretary of State gives answers in respect of policing policy and other areas which are his responsibility. The chief constable is asked to reply to questions about operational matters, which are his responsibility.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Northern Ireland Office overruled a decision not to award a contract to a paramilitary-linked firm for work on police stations in Northern Ireland, as suggested by Sir Hugh Orde in the Sunday World on 26 July. [HL5577]
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead on 12 October (WA 10), whether their foreign policy to the Republic of Ireland takes into account the recruitment of Protestant officers to the Irish Police Force. [HL5763]
The recruitment of officers to the Irish Police Force is a matter for the Irish Government.