Clause 30 - Public Prosecution Service

Part of Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 6:00 pm ar 31 Ionawr 2002.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon Shadow Spokesperson (Women), Shadow Spokesperson (Trade and Industry), Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs) 6:00, 31 Ionawr 2002

Every time I see the words ''acting jointly'' I feel disheartened, because the reality will be that we shall push further away the possibility of devolving criminal justice back to the Assembly. That is a negative approach.

I want to make a serious point before we finish debating the clause. The Minister and members of the Committee will be aware that, under recent changes to policing in Northern Ireland, the Police Service of Northern Ireland has the initials PSNI. Under the clause, we shall end up with the initials PPSNI. There is a serious possibility that people will think it is a misprint and that it refers to the Public Prosecution Service. We cannot afford that sort of mistake to be made accidentally or negligently. The Minister could resolve the matter and prevent such a mistake from being made by changing PSNI back to RUC.