British Transport Police

House of Lords written question – answered at on 1 March 2010.

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Photo of Lord Bradshaw Lord Bradshaw Spokesperson for Transport

To ask Her Majesty's Government when is the next quinquennial review of the activities of the British Transport Police.

To ask Her Majesty's Government who will set the remit for the quinquennial review of the activities of the British Transport Police; and whether views from the public will be sought.

Photo of Lord Bradshaw Lord Bradshaw Spokesperson for Transport

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the discussions about policing of transport interchanges during the passage of the Policing and Crime Act 2009 will be taken into account in the quinquennial review of the activities of the British Transport Police.

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Photo of Lord Adonis Lord Adonis Secretary of State, Department for Transport, The Secretary of State for Transport

A review of the British Transport Police Authority is due to take place this year. In accordance with Cabinet Office guidelines, its remit will be set by the Department for Transport and I expect one of the areas for consideration to be the possibility of extending the jurisdiction of the British Transport Police.

Those carrying out the review will want to take account of the views expressed on the subject during the passage of the Policing and Crime Bill and the undertakings given by the Government at the time. The arguments for extending the British Transport Police's remit are well known and I would expect those with a direct interest to be given the opportunity to comment further before any significant changes were made.

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