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Police: Bureaucracy

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 27 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on reducing administrative burdens on the police; and if she will make a statement. (186903)

I refer the hon. Member to the statement given by my right hon. Friend, the Home Secretary, on 7 February 2008, Official Report, columns 1440-51, relating to Sir Ronnie Flanagan's Independent Review of Policing, published on Thursday 7 February 2008. The report details a number of recommendations on tackling bureaucracy in policing, and forms a major programme of work designed specifically to free up operational police officers to spend more time on front line duty. This programme will be taken forward by the Home Office, the National Policing Improvement Agency, the Association of Chief Police Officers and the wider criminal justice system community.