HC Deb 10 November 2003 vol 413 c92W
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent meetings he has held with the Association of Chief Police Officers on safeguards for historical child abuse investigations. [136261]

Ms Blears

In June 2003, following the debate on the Home Affairs Committee (HAC)'s report on "The Investigation of Past Cases of Abuse in Children's Homes," Discussions should be held between the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the Home Office to determine whether further safeguards could be built into the dip sampling process and to reconsider the issue of recording witness statements in video in these cases.

I am corresponding with ACPO regarding these matters.