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Police Custody

Home Office written question – answered on 15th March 2019.

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Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information his Department holds on the total spend on legal representation for police (a) forces and (b) staff at inquests on people who have died as a result of police contact.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Minister of State, Home Department

The Home Office does not collect this information. It is a decision for individual Police and Crime Commissioners whether to cover the costs of legal representation for their personnel.

The Home Office has provided guidance for PCCs which is available online at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/0102017-guidance-to-local-policing-bodies-on-providing-financial-assistance-to-police-officers-and-staff-facing-legal-proceedings

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