HC Deb 11 June 1986 vol 99 cc174-5W
Mr. Wheeler

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) in which police areas in large towns or cities adequate arrangements have been made under section 106 (1) of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 without a police consultative committee being set up; and what information he has on alternative arrangements in such areas for obtaining the views of the community on policing;

(2) if he is satisfied that all police areas have adequate arrangements for obtaining the views of people in their area about matters concerning the policing of the area and for obtaining their co-operation with the police in preventing crime in their area.

Mr. Giles Shaw

As I explained in my reply to the hon. Member on 3 June 1986, at column 516, reports we receive from Her Majesty's inspectors of constabulary indicate that consultative committees have been set up in most large towns and cities, although in some areas the police authority has preferred to develop other existing arrangements, such as crime prevention panels and established links between the police and community organisations. Consultative committees are in the process of establishment in all London boroughs, although in some cases the final arrangements have not yet been made.