[Sinn Fein]

6 July 2000

Kelly in London on Policing

Sinn Fein North Belfast Assembly representative Gerry Kelly is in London today (The final day of the committee stage) as part of the party's continuing intensive lobby of Westminster and the British government's Policing Bill.

Mr Kelly said:

``The outcome of the debate around the Policing legislation is critical to the future well-being of the peace process. The British government's proposed legislation and implementation plan are deeply flawed and fall very far short of the minimum requirement set out in the Patten report.

Next week Sinn Fein will publish a damning detailed assessment and comparison between Patten and the legislation. It will reveal that there remains an enormous gap around issues such as; the powers of the policing board; the powers of the Ombudsman; the powers and structure of the local accountability mechanisms; the oath; and the legacy of the RUC including its name and badge and symbols.

Specifically, in a comparison it will show that Mandelson's Policing Bill and its the implementation plan only:

An even worse statistic reveals that of the 175 Patten recommendations 75 can be described as fundamental and of these we find that:

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