[Sinn Fein]

11th September 2002

Nothing new in SDLP claims

Sinn Fein spokesperson on Policing Gerry Kelly MLA has said that there is nothing new in SDLP claims that the British government is to bring forward amendments to the Policing Act in the next Parliament. Mr. Kelly said:

``Last year at Weston Park the British government publicly committed themselves to bringing forward legislative amendments to the Policing Act in a number of areas. This limited progress came after a series of intense discussions between Sinn Fein, the British government and other parties.

``The problem is that the amendments promised by the British government do not go far enough. By their own admission they not bring the Act into line with Patten. They didn't last year at Weston Park and they do not now.

``Sinn Fein will continue to engage with the British government in a bid to secure the necessary changes in order to deliver the new beginning promised in the Good Friday Agreement.''

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