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Police (Complaints)

Volume 889: debated on Tuesday 8 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list those organisations which he has consulted on his proposals to introduce an independent element into the procedure for handling complaints against the police and those areas of disagreement that have appeared between them and himself.

There have been detailed consultations with the police service and police authoriites, in which the following are taking part: Association of County Councils, Association of Metropolitan Authorities, Association of Chief Police Officers, Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, Police Superintendents' Association and the Police Federation. It has also been open to other bodies to express their views on the outline scheme which I put forward last year; and I have received comments on the scheme from Justice and the Runnymede Trust.I am still considering certain aspects of the scheme in the light of the consultations, and it would be premature to make any further statement at present.