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Police: East Midlands

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make a statement on police force collaboration in the East Midlands. (157084)

[holding answer 11 October 2007]: We welcome the progress being made on collaboration in the East Midlands, the approach being taken by the five constabularies and their police authorities and their commitment to working together. Collaborative working is key to delivering the necessary improvements in protective services and offers opportunities for efficiency gains. I announced in a written ministerial statement on 17 July 2007, Official Report, columns 13-14WS, that we will be supporting 10 separate initiatives by police forces and authorities, including one in the East Midlands, to demonstrate joint working solutions in a range of protective services. The demonstration site in the East Midlands will build on existing collaborative work and help develop a shared body of knowledge that the police service as a whole will benefit from.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will meet representatives of the East Midlands Strategic Board to discuss the consultation on the police grant funding formula. (157422)

I met the chief constables and police authority chairs from the East Midlands on 6 September. We will take account of all written representations received in response to the consultation on police grant formula.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the East Midlands Strategic Board’s submission to the consultation on the police grant funding formula. (157423)

The consultation period closed on 10 October. We will take account of all representations received in reaching final decisions on the police grant settlement for the CSR years.