Investigations by the IPCC: whistle-blowing

Part of Policing and Crime Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:30 am on 24 March 2016.

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Photo of Jack Dromey Jack Dromey Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 11:30, 24 March 2016

The Minister has been helpful, so I will be brief. For clarity, we are not yet talking about amendment 155—we will get to that later.

I will not repeat what the Minister said, and I welcome his undertaking. I say for clarity that of course this is about the unions that represent 55% of the workforce, but it is also about the Police Superintendents Association and the Police Federation. In the more testing areas—such as forensics on the one hand and the interface with the criminal justice system on the other—it is about organisations such as the British Medical Association and the Law Society, for which there are sometimes tricky issues relating to client confidentiality. What he has said is welcome, but I stress that, however important it is that representatives of the workforce are included, there is a wider potential ambit for this clause.