The Home Affairs Committee will hold a one-off evidence session on Tuesday 28 April 2009 to examine the progress made to tackle racism in the police service since the Macpherson Report was published in 1999.
At approximately 10.30 am
- Doreen Lawrence, Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust
At approximately 11.00 am
- Trevor Phillips, Chair, Equality and Human Rights Commission
- Alfred John, Chairman, Metropolitan Black Police Association
At approximately 11.45 am
- Commander Rod Jarman, Metropolitan Police
- Chief Constable Stephen Otter, ACPO lead for race and diversity
Location: Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster.
The Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson, had agreed to give evidence at this session on the Macpherson Report - 10 years on and The Work of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, however his office has informed the Committee that he is unwell. He will now give evidence on Tuesday 19th May on The Work of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, including Policing of the G20 Protests.
Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chairman of the Committee, said:
The Macpherson Report highlighted serious concerns about 'institutional racism' in the Metropolitan Police. We are keen to hear the views of the mother of Stephen Lawrence, whose murder investigation prompted the Macpherson inquiry, the Chair of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission and representatives of the police service about progress made in the intervening ten years to tackle racism across the police service and what more needs to be done..."
The session will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis. There is no system for the prior reservation of seats in Committee Rooms. It is advisable to allow about 20 minutes to pass through security checks. Committee room and timing are subject to change.