John Spellar (Warley, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 18 July 2011, Official Report, column 663W, on police: bureaucracy, how many national police forms have been drawn up for use by all forces.
Nick Herbert (Minister of State, Justice; Arundel and South Downs, Conservative)
It is largely for individual forces to determine which forms they use. In 2011 the Government conducted a review of these forms in consultation with the joint Home Office/Association of Chief Police Officers Reducing Bureaucracy Programme Board. As a result of this review, there is now a standard national set of forms (known as the Manual of Guidance or MG forms) which are required by the Crown Prosecution Service if a case leads to charge and prosecution.