3,600 GB officers to help PSNI provide security at G8

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The justice minister said he was confident there would be sufficient human resources in place to provide security for the G8 summit in Fermanagh, on 21 May 2013.

In reply to a question from the DUP's Tom Buchanan, David Ford said 4,700 Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) officers and 3,600 officers from other forces would be deployed.

"All of these officers will be under the direction, control and operational command of the chief constable throughout," he said.

Mr Ford added that a further 600 private security personnel would be engaged.

The minister was asked about delays to the building of the police, prison and fire training college at Desertcreat in County Tyrone.

Mr Ford said it would be a foolish minister who promised there would never be further delay in the building of a project of this scale.

He said a "relatively small slippage" was expected, with the hope that construction could begin in October 2013.

Regional Development Minister Tom Elliott answered questions on a number of subjects including the Narrow Water bridge project, audiovisual equipment on public transport and the EU Habitats Directive as applied to the A5 road project.

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