First Memorandum from the Northern Ireland Office
ROYAL ULSTER CONSTABULARY (COMPLAINTS ETC.) REGULATIONS
2001 (S.R. 2001/184)
1. These Regulations which are laid today, were made
on 27th April 2001, and will come into force on 2nd May 2001.
2. The Regulations, rely, in part, on section 65
of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000, which permits Regulations
under section 64 of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 to
prescribe time limits for the consideration of complaints by the
Ombudsman. This is achieved by Regulations 5(2), 7(1) and 8(1).
3. It is considered necessary to have the time limit
provisions in place as soon as possible in order to protect the
Ombudsman from a flood of old complaints. For this reason it has
been necessary to breach the 21-day rule.
30 April 2001