Police: Stop and Search — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:24 pm on 6th May 2009.

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Photo of Lord Brett Lord Brett Government Whip, Government Whip 3:24 pm, 6th May 2009

My Lords, as I said in the previous answer, the community has a major part to play. Eighty-seven per cent of the stops were in the Metropolitan Police area. We have an extensive community programme which represents each of the 12 boroughs, with community involvement and independent advisory groups. Those involved meet each month and have before them all the figures on the three forms of stop and search that exist under Sections 44 and 60 of PACE. That is where we want to understand where there has been misuse of stop and search. Guidance is given to police officers, which is built up into a bigger picture. A quarterly meeting takes place with representatives from the entire Metropolitan Police area, including the Metropolitan Police Authority and community groups. Latterly, there has been set up at a national level a stop-and-search community panel chaired by Doreen Lawrence. It, too, meets quarterly and has representatives from the police, the Home Office, the Police Federation, community groups and others to ensure that, as far as possible, we eliminate any disproportionality.