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Overseas Territories: Police Inspections

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when each police force in each Overseas Territory was subject to inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in the past 10 years; what the level of inspection was in each case; and if she will place in the Library copies of each report. (111531)

Although there is no statutory requirement for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) to undertake inspections of Overseas Territories’ Police Forces, as they are non-Home Office forces, during the last ten years HMIC has undertaken inspections in Gibraltar (full inspections in 2002 and 2003 followed by Baseline Assessments in 2005 and 2006), Bermuda (full inspection in 2003), the Cayman Islands (full inspection in 2002) and the Sovereign Base Areas of Cyprus (full inspections in 1997 and 2001 and Baseline Assessment in 2005). As these inspections were by invitation of the Governor and Overseas Territory Government concerned, the reports were not published by HMIC, although some have been published locally.

We will consult with Territory governments about placing copies of the locally published reports in the Library of the House.