HC Deb 07 November 1983 vol 48 cc33-4W
Mr. Peter Bruinvels

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he is satisfied with the local consultation arrangements between the community and the police as recommended under his Department's circular 54/1982; and if he will make a statement;

(2) if he will obtain from each police authority a list of all local police consultative groups established and operating within their area, the date established and the projected costs involved; and if he will give similar information for the Metropolitan police area.

Mr. Hurd

Encouraging progress has been made in most police areas in establishing or extending arrangements for consultation between the police and the public. We are clear about the need for arrangements of this kind, and the Police and Criminal Evidence Bill now before the House requires them to be made. We conducted a comprehensive review in January of the progress made in provincial forces in response to the guidance issued in June last year and we have no plans for a further review at this stage. Her Majesty's Inspectors of Constabulary pay particular attention to this matter during their annual inspections of each force. In the Metropolitan police district, consultation groups have been established since the beginning of 1982 in the following boroughs and districts.

Borough Date of Inaugural Meeting
Barking and Dagenham May 1983
Ealing February 1983
Enfield October 1983
Epping Forest July 1983
Epsom and Ewell December 1982
Hammersmith and Fulham July 1983
Harrow November 1982
Havering July 1983
Hertsmere February 1983
Hillingdon November 1982
Hounslow February 1982
Kingston September 1982
Lambeth March 1982
Merton December 1982
Reigate and Banstead September 1983
Richmond April 1983
Sutton October 1982
Waltham Forest June 1983
Wandsworth September 1983
Westminster September 1983

Detailed information about costs in each case is not available centrally.