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Lord Williams of Mostyn: We do not intend to ask Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) to undertake such an evaluation and comparison of the use of police resources. Many different aspects of policing contribute to each of the objectives and this type of analysis would not be practical. Nonetheless, future HMIC best value inspections will examine the
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary has no plans to carry out such an evaluation and comparison of resources and we have no plans to ask it to do so. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary regularly inspects each force with regard to its efficiency and effectiveness which includes reviewing the use of both staffing and financial resources. The membership of the Association of Chief Police Officers committees are changed frequently so that no one force carries the responsibility for a particular committee for a long period of time.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: I have little to add to the reply given by the noble Lord, Lord Burlison, on 29 April, save to emphasise once again that tackling fraud is one of the many activities that the police are obliged to undertake. Ministerial priorities (previously known as Key National Objectives) require the police to focus their activity so that the crimes that most concern the public are given greater emphasis. This does not mean that other types of crime receive or should receive no attention and all advice to the police makes this clear. Ministerial priorities also encourage chief officers to make progress on local issues as identified by consultation with the community. For example, tackling fraud is an important local objective for the City of London Police.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Licensing hours can be extended for any special occasion at the discretion of the local licensing court. It is for the court to decide in each case whether the circumstances justify special treatment. The Government are reviewing these arrangements as part of their general review of licensing laws.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Article 34 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU), as amended by the Amsterdam Treaty, provides for all measures under Articles 30 to 32 of the TEU in the fields of police co-operation and judicial co-operation to be taken by unanimity, except for implementing measures relating to decisions or conventions which have themselves been established by unanimity. Provision for such implementing measures would need to be included in the parent instrument and would therefore be governed by unanimity. Authorisation for closer co-operation in the field of freedom, security and justice can also be agreed by a qualified majority of the member states under Article 40, subject to a procedure for referral to the European Council for a decision by unanimity where a member state declares that it opposes the closer co-operation for reasons of national policy. Measures resulting from closer co-operation apply only to those member states wishing to participate.
In addition, Article 42 of the TEU provides for the transfer of matters dealt with in Articles 30 to 32 to Title IV of the EC Treaty, following a unanimous decision by the Council; that decision can make provision about the voting conditions relating to matters so transferred.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The noble Lord may be referring to a summary of information provided by departments on their initial preparations for implementation. It was prepared for a meeting of the Human Rights Task Force in March 1999 and included a preliminary identification of areas where there was a possibility that convention points could be raised, whether justifiably or not. I have placed the document and a record of the relevant task force discussion in the Library.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Departments continue to review their legislation and procedures for compatibility with the convention rights. Individual departments are responsible for initiating any necessary action should convention points be identified. It is not possible at this stage to say what, if any, new legislation Parliament will be asked to consider.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: We plan to bring the remaining provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998 into force on Monday 2 October 2000. Some provisions principally those of Section 19 relating to statements by Ministers of the Crown about the compatibility of Bills with the convention rights, are already in force.
|Members representing official bodies:
||The Right Honourable Jack Straw MP Home Secretary||Denis O'Connor Assistant Commissioner Metropolitan Police
||Paul Boateng MP Minister of State Home Office||Tony Burden Chairman of Association of Chief Police Officers Race and Community Relations Committee
||Sir Herman Ouseley Chairman Commission for Racial Equality||Fred Broughton Chairman The Police Federation
||Bob Purkiss Commission for Racial Equality||Peter Gammon Chairman The Police Superintendents' Association
||Mark Addison Chief Executive Crown Prosecution Service||Ruth Henig Chair Association of Police Authorities
||Dan Crompton Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary||Robyn Williams National Black Police Association
||Charles Clarke Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for School Standards Department for Education and Employment||Independent Members of the Steering Group
||Maqsood Ahmad||Judy Clements
||Ros Howells OBE||Keith Kerr
||Anita Sharda||Usha Sood
||Beverley Thompson||Gurbux Singh
||Doreen Lawrence||Mark Blake
Membership reflects the commitment given in the action plan that involvement and consultation of minority ethnic people as well as the police service and other relevant organisations will be one of the principles which will guide all the work to implement the plan.
The steering group is meeting for the first time today. The purpose of the meeting is to agree terms of reference, to consider what progress has been made so far in implementing the action plan and to identify areas for particular attention at future meetings. It is expected that the group will meet five or six times a year.
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