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Lawrence Steering Group

Volume 622: debated on Wednesday 21 February 2001

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether there exists within Scotland Yard a committee known as the Lawrence Steering Group; what are its proper designation, terms of reference, membership and frequency of meeting; to whom does it report; and what authority it possesses. [HL726]

As my right honourable friend the Home Secretary announced in another place on 18 May 1999, he set up the Lawrence Steering Group, which he chairs. Its terms of reference are:to oversee and audit the implementation of the Home Secretary's Action Plan, published in March 1999 as the Government's response to the report of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry.The group has met 10 times so far. Details of membership of the steering group are as follows:Members representing official bodies:

  • The right honourable Jack Straw MP—Home Secretary
  • Charles Clarke MP—Minister of State, Home Office
  • Jacqui Smith MP—Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for School Standards, Department for Education and Employment
  • Gurbux Singh—Chairman, Commission for Racial Equality
  • Bob Purkiss—Commission for Racial Equality
  • Mark Addison—Chief Executive, Crown Prosecution Service
  • Dan Crompton—Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary
  • Maqsood Ahmad—Assistant Inspector of Constabulary
  • Ian Blair—Deputy Commissioner, Metropolitan Police
  • Tony Burden—President, The Association of Chief Police Officers
  • Fred Broughton—Chairman, The Police Federation
  • Peter Gammon MBE—Chairman, The Superintendents' Association
  • Ruth Henig—Chair, Association of Police Authorities
  • Ravi Chand—National Black Police Association

Independent members of the Steering Group:

  • The Baroness Howells of St Davids OBE
  • Beverley Thompson OBE
  • Doreen Lawrence
  • Neville Lawrence
  • Judy Clements
  • Keith Kerr
  • Usha Sood
  • Sir Herman Ouseley
  • Mark Blake