HC Deb 16 September 2003 vol 410 c668W
Dr. Cable

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints under investigation by the Police Complaints Authority are(a) less than one year old, (b) one to three years old, (c) three to five years old and (d) over five years old; and if he will make a statement. [128762]

Ms Blears

Information is not available in the form requested. The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) has provided the following table in response.

Total outstanding cases for the PCA at 8 September 2003
Year received1 Misconduct Cases only2 Misconduct cases that were supervised3 Supervised investigations4 Total
1999 1 4 2 7
2000 1 11 5 17
2001 4 19 32 55
2002 30 41 97 168
2003 727 5 225 957
Total 763 80 361 1,204
It is important to note the following:
The PCA does not "investigate" any cases itself; the police forces undertake all investigations;
Of the above cases, the PCA undertakes a supervisory role for the second and third columns of the table only;
There are some cases that have been supervised and where the Section 75 is to be issued that are not included in these figures.
1 Year received for the column "Misconduct Cases Only" relates to the year the case arrived at the PCA after the investigation had been completed by a police force. The PCA has no control over the time a complaint was made (though legislation dictates it should be within 12 months of the date of incident) or the length of the police investigation.
2 These are cases received by the PCA after the investigation has been completed by a police force where a review of the file is required. This includes "Dispensation" cases (those where the complaint is not followed through for any reason).
3 These are cases where the PCA has previously supervised an investigation and where a review of the file is now taking place.
4 These are cases where the PCA is supervising the investigation.