HC Deb 16 September 2003 vol 410 c670W
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps the Government has taken to(a) simplify police procedures, (b) reduce procedural and administrative burdens on the police, (c) save police resources and (d) speed up the process of justice. [128621]

Ms Blears

The report of the Joint Home Office/Cabinet Office Review of the Police and Criminal Evidence (PACE) Act 1984 set the above criteria as the basis for identifying potential changes to PACE.

The Government's current legislative programme takes forward the findings of the review in areas such as provision for extending the powers of stop and search; the execution of warrants; street bail; review of police detention; limits on periods of detention without charge; property of detained persons; taking fingerprints before charge; and the process of revising or introducing PACE Codes of Practice. The remaining findings are being taken forward administratively or through future legislative opportunities.