HC Deb 13 July 1999 vol 335 c113W
Mr. Alan Keen

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will issue non-statutory guidance to the Metropolitan Police Authority with regard to police community consultative groups; and if he will consult the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, and London police community consultative groups on what that guidance should include about the special characteristics of London police community consultative groups. [90525]

Kate Hoey

The Government have no plans to issue such guidance to the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA). Subject to the passage of the Greater London Authority Bill, it will be for the MPA to decide, after consulting the Commissioner, what arrangements to make for obtaining the views of people about policing matters in the Metropolitan Police District. The MPA will be a local, democratically accountable body, and, in common with police authorities outside London, it will be best placed to determine its methods for consulting the public.

As part of next year's induction process of members of the new MPA, information will be provided to them about the work of police and community consultative groups.