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Police Officers

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of police officers in Northern Ireland, broken down by rank, are (a) female and (b) from an ethnic minority. [151319]

Jane Kennedy: The figures requested as at 1 January 2004 are shown in the following table.

Percentage

RankFemaleEthnic Minority
ACPO12.50
Chief Superintendent10.34
Superintendent2.74
Chief Inspector10.61
Inspector7.99
Sergeant11.270.09
Constable17.700.28
Student officer36.741.40
FTR8.71
PTR36.13

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Police Ombudsman

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints have been referred to the office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland for investigation since its formation; and how many of these complaints have resulted in (a) successful prosecution and (b) resolution between the parties. [150682]

Jane Kennedy: The Police Ombudsman advises that since her office opened on 6 November 2000, and up until 31 December 2003, a of total of 10,535 complaints have been made to her office. Of these complaints 4,598 have been referred for investigation, and prosecutions by the Director of Public Prosecutions have resulted in two police officers being convicted. In the same period the informal resolution procedure has resulted in 878 complaints being resolved between the parties involved.

Police Service

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the Full Time Reserve of the Police Service of Northern Ireland. [151614]

Jane Kennedy: The Government accepted, subject to the security situation, the recommendation in the Patten report that


In October 2002 the Chief Constable put to the Policing Board a human resource strategy to meet the staffing needs of the Police Service over the next eight to 10 years which the Policing Board endorsed. This included a phased run-down of the Full Time Reserve over an 18 month period from April 2005, subject to no further deterioration of the security situation and the continued success of the recruitment campaign for the Police Service.

Later this year the Chief Constable will put forward advice to the Board and the Secretary of State on these matters. The Government recognise the major contribution that members of the Reserve have made to the maintenance of law and order in Northern Ireland and the high price that they and many of their families have had to pay in doing so.

Negotiations between Government officials and the Police Federation about severance arrangements for the Full Time Reserve have begun.

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Prisons

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what amount was spent on leisure facilities in prisons in each of the last six years. [150734]

Jane Kennedy: The Northern Ireland Prison Service does not spend money on leisure facilities, however, the service does incur costs on recreation and physical education. Information in the form requested is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. However, the amount spent on gym assets including snooker and pool tables for the last six years is:

Amount (£)
1998–9913,900
1999–200027,275
2000–0136,234
2001–0213,847
2002–0337,970
2003–0424,814

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prisoners in Northern Ireland are the subject of suicide watch observations; and what the corresponding figure was for the first day of each of the last 12 months. [150745]

Jane Kennedy: Where there is concern that a prisoner may be at risk of self-harm a form IMR 21 is completed to inform staff. This might lead to a period of assessment in the healthcare unit for those deemed to be at a more serious risk. This period of assessment might also include a period of close observation. In the period January-December 2003, the number of IMR 21 forms raised was as follows:

MonthIMR 21 referrals
January 200311
February 200311
March 200316
April 200316
May 200311
June 200323
July 200315
August 200319
September 200322
October 200324
November 200339
December 200333

There has been an increase in the number of IMR 21 forms raised during the past year due to the increase in prisoner population and increasing tensions because of separation issues in Maghaberry.

Public Bodies

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who the members of the (a) Probation Board for Northern Ireland, (b) Police Authority for Northern Ireland and (c) Board of Visitors of Magilligan Prison were on 1 January; what their term of office is in each case; and what their remuneration is. [151458]

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Jane Kennedy: The information is as follows:

(a) Probation Board for Northern Ireland—Membership: chairman, deputy chairman and 16 members

NameDate of first appointmentExpiry of appointmentGender
Chairman
B. Rowntree1 December 199830 November 2004M
Deputy chairman
Mrs. F. Reid(10)1 December 200330 November 2006F
Members
Ms J. Daykin1 December 200330 November 2006F
Mr. C. Flanagan1 December 200330 November 2006M
Ms M. Gilheany1 December 200030 November 2006F
Mrs. B .Grant1 December 200030 November 2006F
Mr. R. Hanna1 December 200030 November 2006M
Mrs. J. Hillen1 December 200030 November 2006F
P. Killen1 December 200030 November 2006M
Mr. A. MacLaughlin1 December 200330 November 2006M
Mr. P. McAteer1 December 200330 November 2006M
Miss M. McCann1 December 200030 November 2006F
Dr. R. McKee1 December 200330 November 2006M
Mrs. G. Rice1 December 200030 November 2006F
Mrs .G. Shaw1 December 200330 November 2006F
B. Stuart1 December 200030 November 2006M
Mr. W. Tweed1 December 200330 November 2006M
Ms K. Yiasouma1 December 200330 November 2006F

(10) Previously member from 1 December 2000.

Notes:

1. Length of each term of appointment: three years

2. Remuneration: Chairman—£25,860 per annum; deputy chairman and members attendance allowance plus travel and subsistence expenses.


(b) Northern Ireland Policing Board

In accordance with the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000, the Police Authority for Northern Ireland was dissolved and replaced by the Northern Ireland Policing Board on 4 November 2001. The setting up of the Northern Ireland Policing Board was one of the recommendations contained in the Patten Report.

The board was made up of 19 members—10 political and nine independent. The 10 political members were nominated from among the members of the then Northern Ireland Assembly, in accordance with the d'Hondt process. The nine independent members were appointed by the Secretary of State.

In October 2002, following the suspension of the devolved institutions, the then Secretary of State appointed the current 19 members of the Policing Board for a three year period.

As of 1 January 2004 the members are as follows:















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Board of Visitors members are generally appointed for three years, but may be appointed for a shorter period. They may be re-appointed for further periods of three years or less, but not more than 12 years in total.

Members of Boards of Visitors receive no remuneration.


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