HC Deb 20 June 1996 vol 279 c538W
Ms Jowell

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many complaints of sexual harassment were made by women police officers in(a) the Metropolitan police authority and (b) each other police force for each year since 1993; [32689]

(2) what steps he is taking to monitor levels of sexual harassment in the police service. [32688]

Mr. Maclean

Records of the number of complaints of sexual harassment made by women police officers are not kept centrally. All police forces in England and Wales have an equal opportunities statement and a grievance procedure, both of which will cover sexual harassment. Individual forces monitor the implementation and effectiveness of their equal opportunities policies, including those dealing with sexual harassment, and the operation of their grievance procedures. In addition, Her Majesty's inspectorate of constabulary pays close attention to this area during the inspection of individual forces.