§ Ms Fiona Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for consultation on the intrusive surveillance code of practice required under Part III of the Police Act 1997. 
§ Mr. Michael
On 14 July, I signed an Order to commence section 101 of the Police Act 1997 on 5 August 1997. This will allow the public consultation exercise to begin on that date. Officials will send copies of the draft code of practice to a number of individuals and organisations, inviting their comments by the end of September. Copies will be placed in the Library and additional copies of the draft code are obtainable from the Home Office.