§ Mr. Maclean
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list for each of the police forces in England and Wales, the dates of(a) force reorganisation plans and (b) new chief officers taking up appointment. [R] 
§ Mr. Charles Clarke
The organisational structure of each police force is a matter for the chief officer of police.
In relation to police areas of the Metropolitan Police Service, Essex Police, Hertfordshire Constabulary and Surrey Police will change on 1 April 2000 when the boundaries of the Metropolitan Police District are brought into line with those of the 32 London Boroughs. These changes are from section 323 of the Greater London Authority Act. The commencement order has been made which will bring section 323 into effect from 1 April 2000.
The dates of new chief officers who have taken up appointment during 1999 are:
Date Dorset Police 10 May 1999 Gwent Police 23 July 1999 Hampshire Constabulary 21 September 1999 West Mercia Constabulary 5 April 1999