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Report on policing and justice powers complete

A committee report on the devolution of policing and justice powers to Northern Ireland has been finished.

The Assembly and Executive Review Committee dossier will be circulated around Assembly Members for next Tuesday's crucial cross-community vote on whether to approve the transfer of powers from London to Belfast. It covers finances, including dealing with the extra £800m promised by the Prime Minister, as well as issues such as police claims for compensation for hearing loss.

The budget for the Justice Department including the police, courts and other agencies is £1.382bn. A small proportion has been held back by the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) for reserved matters such as national security.

First Minister Peter Robinson said he did not detect any level of concern from any section of the community about the proposed new structures.

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