§ Mrs. Renée Short
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for reports from all chief constables as to the progress of implementation of the recommendations in the 1983 report entitled "Police Service: Civilianisation and Related Matters" and as to the cost savings so far achieved through the substitution of civilians for police officers in certain aspects of police work.
§ Mr. Giles Shaw
No. This report was prepared by the former Audit Inspectorate of the Department of the Environment (now Audit Commission). Its report recognised, as we do, that civilianisation cannot be considered in cost terms alone. Our policies were set out in Home Office Circular No. 114/1983 on "Manpower, Effectiveness and Efficiency in the Police Service", which is in the Library.