§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what account he takes of the variation in the opening hours of police stations or their closure contrary to local police wish when considering the award of a charter mark to a police authority. 
§ Mr. Willetts
Charter mark is an award for organisations that provide an excellent service to the public. Police forces may apply for a charter mark if they consider that they meet the criteria. User satisfaction and consultation and choice form two of the criteria that applicants have to meet.