HC Deb 28 June 1991 vol 193 cc564-5W
Mrs. Peacock

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what arrangements have been made for the appointment of a new police authority for Northern Ireland following the expiry of the term of office of the previous authority on 28 June; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Brooke

I have today appointed a new Police Authority for Northern Ireland for a term of three years from 29 June 1991. In making the appointments I have, as required by statute, consulted those organisations and persons who are representative of the community in Northern Ireland. I welcome the positive approach that was made by almost all those consulted. As a result, the membership widely represents the whole community and includes representatives from the local councils, voluntary organisations, agriculture, industry and commerce.

The Police Authority has a vital task to perform in maintaining an adequate and efficient police force. It also has a very important role in enhancing the relationship between the police and the public it serves and I am confident that the new authority will continue the excellent work carried out by the outgoing authority, some of whose members are being reappointed.

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