HC Deb 22 May 2002 vol 386 cc449-50W
Mr. Letwin

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which directorates and units of his Department cited on his Department's website at http:// www.homeoffice.gov.uk/direct.htm were created after May 1997. [51442]

Mr. Blunkett

I keep the organisations of all parts of the Home Office under close review to ensure that we are able to secure the ambitious agenda set for the Department in our delivery contracts and public service agreements.

The following directorates and units were created after May 1997: Criminal Justice Integration Unit and Programme Office, Criminal Justice Joint Planning Unit, Strategic Policy Team, Police Reform and Bill Unit, Police Standards Unit, Financial Crime Team, Sirius Programme Management Unit.

The following units were created but subsumed functions and staff previously located elsewhere in the Department: Family Policy Unit, Correctional Policy Unit, Criminal Justice Reform Unit, Action Against Crime and Disorder Unit, Crime Reduction Programme. Police Leadership and Powers Unit, National Technical Assistance Centre, Better Letters Team, Information Management and Technology Unit.

The following directorates and units acquired new or altered names in internal reorganisation which has been undertaken since May 1997: Business Support Unit, Marketing Communications Unit, Internal Communications Unit, Information Services Unit, Community Policy Directorate (formerly Constitutional and Community Policy Directorate prior to machinery of Government changes), Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (formerly Prisons Ombudsman), Organised Crime, Drugs and International Group (formerly Organised and International Crime Directorate), European and International Unit, Policing Organised Crime Unit, Accounting and Finance Unit, Audit and Assurance Unit, Commercial and Procurement Unit. Group Resources Unit, Performance Delivery and Strategy Unit, Business Support and Communication Unit, Merseyside Personnel Management Unit, Human Resources and Equality Unit, Research Development and Statistics Directorate (RDS) Corporate Management Unit, RDS Crime and Criminal Justice Unit. RDS Immigration and Community Unit, RDS Offenders and Corrections Unit, RDS Policing and Reducing Crime Unit (incorporating the former Police Research Group), RDS Communications Development Unit, RDS Economics and Resource Analysis Unit.

The website also refers to units in the Fire and Emergency Planning Directorate which have been transferred to the Cabinet Office and the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions. These units were located in the Home Office before the machinery of Government changes of 8 June 2001. Questions concerning these units should now be addressed to the Secretaries of State for the Departments concerned.