HC Deb 18 April 1990 vol 170 c906W
Mr. Flannery

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what power the Police Complaints Authority has to investigate events occurring before its establishment in April 1984.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 gives the Police Complaints Authority no investigative powers, but vests it with considerable powers to supervise investigations into complaints or, in some circumstances, into incidents which have not been the subject of a complaint. The Act precludes the authority from supervising the investigation of any matter which occurred before its establishment on 29 April 1984.