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Police: Associations

Volume 707: debated on Thursday 12 February 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 26 January (WA 19), why the National Association of Muslim Police is the only religious group to receive grant in aid; what is its purpose; what is the total amount of grant since its inception; and how often the need to continue any grant is reviewed. [HL1209]

Any of the national diversity staff associations in the police service can seek grant in aid funding from the Home Office. The only national faith-based staff association to apply for funding in 2008-09 was the National Association of Muslim Police (NAMP).

NAMP exists to increase the trust and confidence of police amongst Muslim communities and increase the recruitment, retention, and progression of Muslim officers and staff.

The total amount of grant in aid paid to NAMP since its inception is £33,750.

Grant in aid is reviewed annually and approval follows submission of a formal annual bid. Payments from the annual approved amount are reviewed each quarter.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 26 January (WA 19), what is the total amount of grant in aid paid to the British Association for Women in Policing since its inception; and whether and how often the grant is reviewed to determine whether it is still necessary. [HL1210]

The total grant in aid paid to BAWP is:

2008-09

£100,000.00

2007-08

£100,000.00

2006-07

£100,000.00

2005-06

£77,290.00

2004-05

£80,070.00

2003-04

£78,500.00

2002-03

£60,500.00

2001-02

£35,000.00

2000-01

£30,000.00

Grant in aid is reviewed annually and approval follows submission of a formal annual bid and financial accounts. Payments made from the approved annual amount are reviewed on a quarterly basis.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 4 June 2007 (WA 171), what was the outcome of their discussions with the National Black Police Association concerning the recommendations of the Home Office Auditor's final report on funding for the Association; whether funding has been resumed; and, if so, what is the amount of current funding. [HL1211]

Funding was stopped from April 2008 and no funding is currently provided to NBPA. This followed the NBPA's own auditor disclaiming its 2006-07 accounts.

The Home Office audit report led to an IPCC investigation that recently concluded (5 February 2009).

The Home Office will review the position with regards to funding the NBPA after it has had an opportunity to review the IPCC and other relevant reports.

Considerations will include successful implementation of the recommendations of the Home Office auditor, and the submission of satisfactory financial accounts showing a satisfactory financial position.