[holding answer 28 February 2007]: The establishment of the Missing Persons Strategic Oversight Group (SOG) was recommended by the 2005 Perry Nove Review on the Police National Missing Persons Bureau. This review proposed the establishment of a permanent oversight group drawn from statutory bodies and the voluntary sector. The SOG has met twice: firstly, on 22 March 2006 and, secondly on 6 November 2006.
The Department and the Department for Education and Skills attended the second of these meetings. The Home Office has been represented at both meetings. In addition to SOG meetings, all three Departments have ongoing bilateral contact with other stakeholders represented on the SOG.