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Explanatory Memorandum to Police & Criminal Evidence (Amendment)(Northern Ireland)Order 2007


6.As part of the development of each policy area, the Northern Ireland Office held extensive discussions with the Police Service of Northern Ireland, and consulted with the Northern Ireland Policing Board, the Police Ombudsman and other main stakeholders.

7.The Order was the subject of a 12 week public consultation exercise between 23 March and 14 June 2006.  This resulted in a total of nineteen responses with fifteen respondents expressing varying degrees of concern with certain aspects of the proposals.  A re-screening of the proposals, incorporating a number of changes to the Order to address some of the concerns raised, was the subject of a further 8 week public consultation ending on 13 November 2006.  Six responses were received to this.

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