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PARLIAMENT TODAY

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No significant structural changes should be made to the police service without a Royal Commission or independent in...
No significant structural changes should be made to the police service without a Royal Commission or independent inquiry, police authority members said yesterday, the Financial Times reports (p8).

About 200 representatives from county and metropolitan councils met at the House of Commons to discuss reform proposals.

Home Secretary Kenneth Clarke has indicated he is considering radical changes that could include reducing the number of forces in England and Wales from 43 to 25; centralising funding; and replacing council members on police authorities with nominees.

Association of Chief Police Officers Vice President John Smith told the meeting elected members should continue to make up a 'significant' proportion of authorities.
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