Police (Northern Ireland) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 8:15 pm on 8th November 2000.

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Photo of Viscount Brookeborough Viscount Brookeborough Crossbench 8:15 pm, 8th November 2000

My Lords, I rise briefly to support the amendment. I believe that the police district commands, as they were taken on from Great Britain police forces, are defined as being areas which can operate under normal circumstances without outside support. In no way can one consider dividing Belfast, which is a small area, into self-contained units which do not need outside support. Any crime committed in Belfast inevitably impinges on all areas of the city. And as regards terrorism, police commands of that size undoubtedly need outside support.

I therefore believe that Belfast should be one unit and controlled as such. There should not be so many police districts.