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Police Vehicles

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines his Department provides to chief constables on the purchasing of police vehicles. (76014)

The Government are determined to ensure that the police have adequate resources to play their key part in tackling crime and disorder and improving community safety.

Planning and management of police resources locally, including use of vehicles, are matters for each police authority and chief officer.

Efficiency planning guidance sent to chief officers in February 2006 encourages forces to take advantage of the collective buying power of the police service by making use of nationally negotiated arrangements. We have worked with the police service to develop national frameworks for the purchase of vehicles, under which forces are offered significant discounts on manufacturers’ prices. These have been in place since 1992 and are regularly re-tendered. The arrangements are strongly encouraged by the Association of Chief Police Officers and HM inspectorate of constabulary. The most recent version (spring 2005) has been designed to assist forces in rationalising the variety of models in use, to encourage standardisation and deliver further increases in value for money.