HL Deb 18 May 1999 vol 601 cc20-1WA
Lord Burton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Burlison on 29 April (WA 63), whether they will ask her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabularies to evaluate and compare the amount of police resources used by each chief officer of police in tackling the different categories of crime contained in the Home Office National Police Objectives with the resources used in tackling those categories of crime which do not appear in the objectives. [HL2383]

Lord Williams of Mostyn

We do not intend to ask Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) to undertake such an evaluation and comparison of the use of police resources. Many different aspects of policing contribute to each of the objectives and this type of analysis would not be practical. Nonetheless, future HMIC best value inspections will examine the efficiency and effectiveness of providing each policing service. This will inevitably require police forces to cost their activities and provision of services under a variety of headings, including fraud.