HC Deb 20 May 2002 vol 386 cc56-7W
Mr. Andrew Turner

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many criminal offences have been(a) created and (b) abolished by his Department since 1997. [55423]

Jane Kennedy

A comprehensive and exhaustive list of new and abolished offences could be provided only at disproportionate cost. We can, however, provide the following information about the following Northern Ireland Office measures which have been enacted since 1 May 1997. Police (Northern Ireland) Act 1998: two new offences (obstructing Ombudsman's staff and disclosure of information). Criminal Justice (NI) Order 1998: one new offence (breach of sex offender order). Criminal Justice (Children) (NI) Order 1998: three new offences (harbouring or concealing child, assisting escape of child, and obstructing inspection of attendance centres and juvenile centres). Criminal Evidence (NI) Order 1999: two new offences (making false statements and giving false evidence).