§ 70. Mr. Latham
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will make a statement on progress in implementing the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984; and what discussions he has held with chief constables about necessary staffing resources for this.
§ Mr. Giles Shaw
Most of the remaining provisions of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 will be implemented on 1 January 1986. Police preparations for this are well advanced. The Government have always recognised that the provisions of this Act may in some instances create increased demands on police resources and my right hon. Friend has said that he will consider on their merits bids from chief officers for variations in establishments resulting from implementation. Approval has already been given for adjustments in establishments in a number of forces, for reasons associated with the implementation of the Act.