Police Amalgamations — 1 Feb 2006 at 15:50

Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset voted in the minority (Aye).

I beg to move,

That this House notes the Home Secretary's proposals to create regional strategic police forces in England and Wales; further notes the Association of Police Authorities' estimate that amalgamations could cost £600 million to implement; further notes that none of the proposed amalgamated forces has the unanimous agreement of the police authorities concerned; expresses concern about the implications of mergers for local accountability, neighbourhood policing and the level of police precepts; regrets the unnecessarily tight timetable for consultation; recognises that the potential changes are the most significant for over thirty years; and calls on the Government to consider alternative proposals to strengthen the ability of forces to deal with serious crime, including sharing services, as recommended by the Association of Police Authorities.

I beg to move, To leave out from "House" to the end of the Question, and to add instead thereof:

"welcomes the excellent work of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) in clearly setting out the case for reform of the current structure of policing in England and Wales; thanks police forces and authorities for their hard work in responding to the HMIC findings; congratulates the Government on its commitment to delivering excellent policing at all levels, from vandalism to terrorism, through strategic police forces equipped with dedicated capacity at the neighbourhood level; and endorses the need for reform to move swiftly to minimise uncertainty and damage to morale within a service which has over the past eight years shown itself dedicated to continuous improvement in delivery of a truly locally responsive service."

Question put, That the original words stand part of the Question:-

The House divided: Ayes 235, Noes 311.

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PartyMajority (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con0 171 (+2 tell)088.3%
DUP0 90100.0%
Independent0 1050.0%
Lab309 (+2 tell) 0088.1%
LDem0 51082.3%
PC0 30100.0%
SDLP2 0066.7%
Total:311 235087.6%

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