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Arrests: Disclosure of Information

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 27 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what procedures are in place to ensure that police officers receive sufficient information from regulatory authorities to allow officers to judge whether an arrest is necessary for an alleged regulatory offence; (247093)

(2) what procedures are in place to ensure full disclosure of information by regulatory authorities to the police when they ask the police to arrest an individual.

Under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) 1984 a police officer may only arrest a person if they suspect their involvement or attempted involvement in the commission of a criminal offence and the officer reasonably believes that arrest is necessary against the criteria defined in section 24 of the Act and the ‘Code of Practice for the Statutory Power of Arrest by Police Officers’ (PACE Code G).

A decision to arrest a person under PACE is at the operational discretion of the individual officer concerned. The disclosure of information provided by regulatory authorities to the police is an operational matter for the individual authority and the police.