Home Affairs Committee Press Notice

Session 2003-04, dated 2 July 2004


The government's police reform strategy is set to come under scrutiny as part of a short inquiry announced today by the Home Affairs Select Committee. 

Starting in early September, the Committee will look at the police reform process and the extent to which it has improved the effectiveness of policing in England and Wales. The Committee will consider a range of issues including:

• The National Police Plan

• The relationship between national standards / priorities and local decision-making

• Accountability mechanisms for policing and the future of the 'tripartite' structure (Home Secretary, chief officers, police authorities)

• The extent to which a 'performance culture' is embedding itself in the police service

• The role of the Police Standards Unit and the National Centre for Policing Excellence

• Improved use of science and technology

• The Government's response to the O'Dowd report on police bureaucracy

• Police training

• Issues of workforce modernisation / reform of police pay, conditions and working practices

• The use of community support officers

• Other issues raised in the Government's consultation papers (November 2003 and February 2004), e.g. Community Advocates, neighbourhood panels.

The Committee is seeking written submissions of no more than 2,000 words from interested parties, before it takes oral evidence on this inquiry.  Organisations and individuals interested in making written submissions are invited to do so by 29 July 2004.  Submissions should give the name and postal address of the person sending the memorandum and should state whether it has been prepared specifically for the Committee.  If the memorandum is from an organisation rather than an individual, it should briefly explain the nature and membership of the organisation.  The Committee may publish some of the submissions it receives.

Submissions should be sent to the Clerk of the Committee at the address below.  If possible, please supply an electronic version in MS Word or Rich Text format, either by e-mail to homeaffcom@parliament.uk or on a disk. Further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at http://www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm.

Provisional dates for oral evidence sessions are 7 September, and 12 and 26 October 2004.