HC Deb 17 November 2003 vol 413 c696W
Dr. Kumar

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about the(a) cost and (b) remit of the Independent Police Complaints Commission. [137533]

Ms Blears

This current financial year is the Independent Police Complaint Commission's (IPCC) set up year. It has been allocated £15 million for revenue expenditure and £11.5 million for capital expenditure. The funding for future years has not yet been established.

The IPCC's remit will be as set out in section 10 of the Police Reform Act 2002. From 1 April 2004, it will be tasked with maintaining effective and efficient arrangements for recording, handling and investigating complaints about conduct and internal conduct matters relating to persons serving with the police (regular officers, police staff, special constables and contracted escort and detention officers). It will also have the function of securing that public confidence is established and maintained in those arrangements and that they manifest an appropriate degree of independence.