HC Deb 21 October 2002 vol 391 c77W
Mrs. Iris Robinson

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action he will take to stem the loss of experienced Northern Ireland police officers. [75067]

Jane Kennedy

The Government is committed to ensuring the police service of Northern Ireland is resourced to deliver an effective and efficient police service. It is the Chief Constable who sets the criteria for admission to the severance scheme and the Government continues to be guided by his assessment of policing requirements.

The Government has welcomed the PSNI workforce plan, endorsed by the Policing Board, which gives careful consideration to the policing needs of Northern Ireland and how the police can most efficiently and effectively provide the service which the public is entitled to expect.