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Reducing Bureaucracy Practitioners Group

Volume 503: debated on Monday 11 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the Reducing Bureaucracy Practitioners Group has met since December 2008; and at how many of those meetings were (a) officials and (b) Ministers from his Department present. (308955)

The Reducing Bureaucracy Practitioners Group (RBPG) has met seven times since it was established in December 2008 by Jan Berry, the independent advocate for reducing bureaucracy in policing. The RBPG consists of front line officers and staff, but Home Office officials have accepted an invitation to attend six out of the seven meetings to date.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made developing a website for the Reducing Bureaucracy Practitioners Group; and if he will make a statement. (308956)

The website:

www.reducingbureaucracyinpolicing.co.uk

has been developed and is now available to view.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals the Reducing Bureaucracy Practitioners Group have made; which of those have been adopted; and if he will make a statement. (308957)

The Reducing Bureaucracy Practitioners Group (RBPG) is made up of frontline officers and staff, and was established as an advisory and consultative group by Jan Berry the independent advocate for reducing bureaucracy in policing.

Jan Berry regularly draws on their expertise to inform her work, and sub-groups are looking at specific issues such as constructing minimum data sets for crime recording and for the recording of missing persons, and comparing force risk assessments in relation to domestic violence incidents.

The RBPG’s work contributed significantly to Jan Berry's recent report—“Reducing Bureaucracy in Policing” published on 2 December 2009.