Funding for the Police Service of Northern Ireland

18 February 2011

For Immediate Release:

Funding for the Police Service of Northern Ireland

In response to the announcement by the Northern Ireland Office of additional funding for the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the Chair of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee at the House of Commons, Laurence Robertson MP, said:

“I am very pleased that this extra money has been provided by the government to the police in Northern Ireland. The ability of the PSNI to deal with the terrorist threat, in the light of budget restraint, is an issue which the Select Committee has raised with the Secretary of State and the Chief Constable of the PSNI. In addition, I raised the issue with the Prime Minister on behalf of the Select Committee recently. He assured me that the PSNI would be provided with adequate resources to help counter the threat and I’m pleased that he has honoured this pledge.

Paramilitary organisations still, unfortunately, pose a threat to the security of people in Northern Ireland, and perhaps in the mainland, so it is essential that we do everything we can to support the brave men and women of the PSNI in their work.”

Information on the additional funding can be found on the NIO website.

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