HC Deb 28 April 2003 vol 404 c205W
Tim Loughton

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to implement the child rescue alert scheme piloted by Sussex Police nationwide. [109769]

Hilary Benn

The Government are very grateful to the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) who sponsored Sussex Police to pilot this scheme. Fortunately, there has not been a case of child abduction in Sussex to test the system, but a number of different forces across the country are now interested in implementing child rescue schemes of their own.

The ACPO Homicide Working Group has now agreed that it should be a locally delivered service with national standards and guidelines, and it will be implemented as soon as possible.