Press Release

Committee Briefed By The Head Of The Civil Service, Sir Nigel Hamilton

Session: 2007/2008

Date: Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Reference: AER 15- 07/08

The Assembly and Executive Review Committee met today to hear from the Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, Sir Nigel Hamilton, on the administrative preparations which are taking place within government departments in anticipation of the devolution of policing and justice.

The Committee also continued its discussions on the structure and accountability arrangements for the organisations within any new department of policing and justice.

Speaking after the meeting, the Rt. Hon. Jeffrey Donaldson, MP, Chairperson of the Committee, said:
“The Committee agreed a further series of meetings to enable it to comply with the 29 February deadline for submitting a report to the Assembly on the preparations which the Assembly has made, and needs to make, to enable the devolution of policing and justice”.

Notes to Editors:

Membership of the Committee is as follows:


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 meets 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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