§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide guidance to police forces about allowing officers facing disciplinary hearings the assistance, if requested, of a representative of the Black Police Association. 
§ Mr. Charles Clarke
I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 8 December 1999,Official Report, columns 533–34W. The choice of representative at a discipline hearing is a matter for the officer concerned. It would be inappropriate for me to issue guidance suggesting who he or she should be.