§ Mr. Sedgemore
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will issue guidance to the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis under section 106(3) of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 proposing the postponement of the inaugural meeting of the police consultative committee in Hackney, scheduled for 11 March, to extend the time for consultations between himself, the commissioner, local Members of Parliament and the council; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
I understand that the meeting to be held in Hackney on 11 March, to which representatives of the borough council and other interested parties have been invited, will give further consideration to the constitution and membership of a police/consultative committee for the borough, but that it will not be regarded as the first meeting of such a committee. My right hon. Friend does not think that it would be right to seek to intervene in any way with the 11 March meeting. He continues to hope that a consultative committee can be established in the borough with the agreement of all interested parties.