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Departmental Reviews

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 24 September 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the reviews being undertaken by his Department, indicating the consultation documents issued in relation to each review and the expected completion date for each. [16539]



Expected completion date

Review of measures to deal with the protection of communities from known sex offenders who pose a continuing riskConsultation document on communtity protetion order issued November 1997Results of review to be reflected in Crime and Disorder Bill
Review of measures on Communitity SafetyConsultation paper "Getting to Grips with Crime" —issued September 1997Results of review to be reflected in Crime and Disorder Bill

In addition, my Department is carrying out a Comprehensive Spending Review, and contributing to cross-Departmental reviews of the criminal justice system and of illegal drugs, in accordance with my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary's statement of 11 June 1997, Official Report, columns 1143–44. The statement said that these reviews were expected to take 12 months to complete. My Department is also carrying out a review of those non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs) for which the Home Office is the sponsoring Department. This review is part of a Government-wide exercise which is referred to in the Government's public consultation paper "Opening Up Quangos" issued in November 1997.