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Criminal Intelligence

Volume 202: debated on Thursday 23 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give details of his plans to computerise fully those regional criminal intelligence offices not earmarked for closure; what is the estimated cost of this programme; and if there will be a direct interface between regional offices and the proposed national criminal intelligence service.

The five regional criminal intelligence offices not earmarked for closure will become part of the national criminal intelligence service which is to be established on 1 April 1992. Headquarters and regional offices will have direct access to the computer system being developed for the service. Until the specification for the system has been agreed, it is not possible to say what the cost is likely to be.