Press Release

Assembly Committee Briefed On The Transfer Of Policing And Justice Matters

Session: 2006/2007

Date: Tuesday, 03 July 2007

Reference: AER 03/07

The Assembly and Executive Review Committee, which is conducting an Inquiry into the transfer of policing and justice matters, was briefed, today, by officials from the NIO.

Speaking after the meeting, the Rt. Hon. Jeffrey Donaldson, MP, Chairperson of the Committee, said:

“The Committee had asked for a briefing to inform its approach to the Inquiry it is conducting into the transfer of policing and justice matters.”

Mr Donaldson confirmed that the Committee would be inviting written submissions to its Inquiry by 17 August. Mr Donaldson went on to explain that:

“The Committee will be looking, specifically, at the detail of the matters to be devolved, the ministerial model, and the preparations which the Assembly has made, and needs to make, to facilitate the devolution of policing and justice matters.”

Mr Donaldson stressed that it would also be important for the Committee to consider, and report on, whether it is likely that the Assembly would make a request for the devolution of policing and justice matters before 1 May 2008.

Notes to Editors:

The Northern Ireland Assembly has established a Standing Committee to be known as the Assembly and Executive Review Committee.


Rt. Hon. Jeffrey Donaldson, MP

Deputy Chairperson:

Mr Raymond McCartney

Committee Members:

Mr Alex Attwood


Mrs Carmel Hanna


Mr Danny Kennedy


Mr Nelson McCausland


Mr Ian McCrea


Mr Alan McFarland


Ms Carál Ní Chuilín


Mr John O’Dowd


Mr George Robinson

The Committee will meet in Parliament Buildings and visitors are welcome to attend open sessions. Members of the public are advised to check the website for details of meetings prior to arriving at Parliament Buildings.

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