Crime and Society: Lord Birt's Advisory Role

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:40 pm on 31st January 2001.

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Photo of Lord Dholakia Lord Dholakia Party Chair, Liberal Democrats 2:40 pm, 31st January 2001

My Lords, I am grateful to the Minster for that information. It is about eight months since the announcement of the appointment. Will he confirm that it was announced that the adviser would work one day a week drawing up law and order strategy. Perhaps I may ask three questions. First, when can we expect to discuss the recommendation or the advice offered by the noble Lord on these issues? Secondly, will it be published, as was the case with the advice of Keith Hellawell, the government adviser on drug initiatives? Thirdly, has there been any effect on the law and order situation in this country?