HL Deb 22 October 2002 vol 639 c98WA
Lord Laird

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they consider that the Police Service of Northern Ireland is sufficiently resourced in manpower and funding to cope with the security and crime situation. [HL5088]

Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn)

The Government continue to look to the Chief Constable's advice and are guided by his assessment of policing requirements. The Government welcome the human resource planning strategy produced by the PSNI and approved by the Policing Board which will help to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the PSNI. My right honourable friend is carefully considering the plan's financial implications in view of the Government's desire to support the Chief Constable and the Policing Board in its delivery.