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Chief Constables

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Chief Constables he has met since 2001. [125524]

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and I meet police officers of all ranks, including chief officers, as often as possible. These meetings are at a variety of formal and informal events, including visits to police forces, police association conferences and working groups.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has issued to chief constables concerning (a) contact between hon. Members and their local chief constable and (b) answering correspondence from hon. Members. [125525]

I have issued no guidance to chief officers on contact with hon. Members or on answering correspondence from them. These are matters for the chief officers themselves.I refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Chorley (Mr. Hoyle) on 9 April 2003,

Official Report, column 281W.

I would expect a chief officer to offer every courtesy to hon. Members on matters affecting his or her constituency.