§ Sir Brian Mawhinney
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Maidenhead (Mrs. May) of 4 December 1997,Official Report, column 292, on compensation for special constables, for what reasons he does not plan to consult organisations representing business and industry on his proposals for new regulations governing the Special Constabulary. 
§ Mr. Michael
[holding answer 12 January 1998]: We have not consulted organisations representing business and industry because the proposals contained in the consultation papers do not have direct implications for these sectors. If, as a result of the consultations with the police and local authority associations and the special constabulary, the proposals are revised so that they do have such implications, then we shall, of course, consult these organisations.