Police

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 1st July 2004.

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Photo of Robert Key Robert Key Conservative, Salisbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

(1) what progress has been made in merging the Royal Parks Constabulary and the Metropolitan Police; and if she will make a statement;

(2) for what reason the Royal Parks Constabulary has not merged with the Metropolitan Police; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Richard Caborn Richard Caborn Minister of State (Sport and Tourism), Department for Culture, Media & Sport

The merger of the Royal Parks Constabulary with the Metropolitan Police Service requires primary legislation, and we will be bringing forward the necessary measures as soon as the legislative programme allows. In the meantime, policing of the Royal Parks is being undertaken jointly by the Royal Parks Constabulary and the Metropolitan Police Service under the terms of an agreement between the Secretary of State and the Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Authority.

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