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Volume 492: debated on Thursday 14 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made by her Department’s programme on collaborative working between police forces to deliver protective services in regions identified as high priority; and what improvements she expects will have been made in such services in these regions by the end of 2009. (273023)

The Protective Services and Collaboration Programme led by the Home Office and involving all the key stakeholders in policing has seen a significant increase in collaborative working over recent years.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate’s recent review into protective services planning found that the majority of forces and authorities that have high need protective services now have good plans in place that, once delivered, will make the necessary improvements.