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Northern Ireland written question – answered on 7th October 2008.

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Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation sponsored by his Department has (i) amended and (ii) enhanced existing powers of entry since May 1997.

Photo of Shaun Woodward Shaun Woodward The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Since May 1997, my Department has taken forward nine primary enactments and one statutory instrument which have either introduced new, or amended existing, powers of entry in Northern Ireland. The relevant legislation is shown in the following lists.

Primary legislation introduced since May 1997 amending existing entry powers or containing new entry powers

Northern Ireland (Location of Victims' Remains) Act 1999;

Justice (NI) Act 2004;

Criminal Justice (NI) Order 2004;

Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 2004;

Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006;

Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007;

Police and Criminal Evidence (Amendment) (NI) Order 2007;

Policing (Miscellaneous Provisions) (NI) Order 2007;

Criminal Justice (NI) Order 2008.

Statutory instruments conferring one or more powers of entry coming into force since May 1997

Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Registration) Regulations (NI) 2007

The answer covers Acts, Orders in Council and statutory instruments on reserved and excepted matters. Northern Ireland Statutory Rules and legislation in the transferred field taken forward prior to the establishment and during the suspension of the Assembly have not been covered on the grounds that to do so would involve disproportionate cost.

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