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Mersey Tunnels

Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 21 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the assessment by his Department's officials of reports of investigations following the deaths of Darren Franey and Scott Veach to be completed. [114197]

Consideration of the investigation report in regards to the effective policing of Mersey Tunnels is currently in progress.

To ask the Secretary of State for he Home Department whether he has established terms of reference for work to be taken forward by Home Office and Department of Transport officials regarding Mersey Tunnels policing. [114509]

Home Office officials are working closely with colleagues from the Department of Transport with the objective of ensuring that the best arrangements for the safe and effective policing of the Mersey Tunnels are in place.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to receive the views of (a) Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary, (b) the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police and (c) the Chief Executive of Merseytravel regarding the policing of the Mersey tunnels. [114196]

I have already received the views of Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary and the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police. The Chief Executive of Merseytravel has indicated that he will not respond until the conclusion of the Judicial Review proceedings that Merseytravel have commenced.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the relationship between the Mersey Tunnels Police and the Police Complaints Authority, with special reference to section 78 of the Police Act 1996. [114123]

There is no relationship between Mersey Tunnels Police and the Police Complaints Authority by virtue of Section 78 of the Police Act 1996 nor any similar agreement outside of that legislation.