§ The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (Mr. Paul Murphy)
I have today laid before this House a copy of the Oversight Commissioner's third statutory report for the year 2003 which is being published today, in accordance with Section 68(4)(a) of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000.
I announced by way of a press release issued on 13 February 2003 the extension of the life of the office of the Police Oversight Commission for two years to 31 May 2005.
I also announced at the same time Tom Constantine's agreement to extend his original three year commitment as Oversight Commissioner until December 2003. Mr Constantine will be succeeded in the New Year by present Chief of Staff Al Hutchinson.
I would like to take this opportunity to pay a sincere tribute to Tom Constantine, particularly his tremendous commitment and professionalism during his time as Oversight Commissioner.