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Volume 449: debated on Monday 11 September 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours he expects to spend working on police reorganisation until the end of 2006. (68612)

The Home Secretary and his Ministerial team have had and will continue to have various meetings and conversations with officials and interested parties to discuss general policing matters and police reform. It is not possible to quantify the amount of time each has spent or will spend discussing the specific issue of police restructuring.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the total police staff hours, including uniformed staff and support staff, that will be spent on duties related to the release of foreign offenders in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007. (68614)

The level of detail requested is not required under the Annual Data Return that must be submitted to the Department by police forces in England and Wales. We would not wish to impose additional burdens on police forces by asking them to carry out such ad hoc surveys. The police continue to play a key role in working with all other relevant agencies to pursue those cases where foreign national prisoners were released without due consideration.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received about the performance of police in (a) Essex and (b) Southend in each of the last seven years. (46394)

[holding answer 30 January 2006]: The current and previous Home Secretary have received numerous representations regarding police forces in England and Wales. In addition, there have been formal reports published relating to the performance of the police service and of Essex police force specifically. These can be found on the websites for Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) at and the Home Office at

The next police performance assessments will be published in October.

The latest HMIC publication regarding Southend was the BCU inspection report (September 2003) and the report of the follow-up visit (December 2004).