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CLARKE TO LAUNCH PLANS FOR NEW POLICE BOARDS

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Home Secretary Kenneth Clarke is planning to replace police authorities with 15-member boards on which local counci...
Home Secretary Kenneth Clarke is planning to replace police authorities with 15-member boards on which local councillors will have only a third of places, the Guardian reports (p24).

Mr Clarke's consultation paper setting out his plans has been delayed by a month because of resistance from other members of the Cabinet, home affairs editor Alan Travis writes.

Another third of the boards will be made up of appointed business people and a third of magistrates. The boards' chairmen will be appointed by the Home Office.

Forces will also be amalgamated to reduce their number from 43 to between 20 and 25. Funding of the police will be entirely centralised.

Mr Clarke also wants to see better performance indicators for the police, after reports that there has been a slump in the number of crimes solved, the Independent writes (p1). @@>?-xyC -.x?PQ[\c{{{{vv{{vv{{vv{{vv{{{{ X X ^HH
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