Final year for 50:50 PSNI recruitment?

Northern Ireland Justice Minister, Paul Goggins, MP, has announced that

The Government is to consult on the 50:50 PSNI recruitment provisions, and intends to renew this legislation in March 2010 for a further, final year.

From the statement

NOTES FOR EDITORS

The Police (NI) Act 2000 provides for the Secretary of State to legislate to renew the temporary provisions. Before doing so, he is required to consider the progress that has been made towards achieving a police service which is representative of the Northern Ireland Community. He is also required to consult the Policing Board.

The temporary provisions of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000, the Race Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 and the Fair Employment and Treatment (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 will expire on 28 March 2010.

In considering whether to renew the provisions, the Secretary of State must take account of progress towards the achievement of a representative police service. An Order under Section 47(3) of the 2000 Act to renew all or any of the provisions would be subject to debates and affirmative resolution in both Houses of Parliament.

This is the third review of the temporary provisions which were last renewed in March 2007.

A wide range of interested parties will be consulted between now and 22 January.