HC Deb 11 November 2003 vol 413 cc246-7W
Harry Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the performance of south Wales police in murder cases; and if he will make a statement. [136787]

Ms Blears

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary produced a 2002–03 report on south Wales police which included an assessment of their Major Crime Support Unit which handles the investigation of murder cases and other serious crimes. Her Majesty's Inspector (HMD) was impressed by the professionalism and the sense of duty to the public of the members of the unit. He reported that there was increased resilience in the investigative processes in south Wales Police and that increased value is being placed on family liaison and independent advisory groups during investigations of serious crime.

HMI also reported on the decision taken in 1999 to reinvestigate 11 undetected murders and commended south Wales police for its committed response to proper public concerns.

A copy of the full HMIC report is in the Library.