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Police: Forensic Science Service

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces do not employ the Forensic Science Service (FSS); and what the average duration of a FSS contract with the police was in each of the last five years. (253169)

[holding answer 2 February 2009]: All police forces submit some work to the Forensic Science Service (FSS).

Most police forces have contracted on the basis of service level agreements which are between one and two years’ duration. Other contracts have been awarded to FSS following a police tendering exercise and are usually three years’ in duration with an option to extend the contract for a further two years.