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Gavin Shuker quizzes government on National Police Chiefs' Council's revised prostitution strategy

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I see that Gavin Shuker (Labour/Co-operative MP for Luton South), who supports the idea of criminalising purchasers of consensual sexual services, has been firing off a barrage of written questions (on 8 February) to the Secretary of State for the Home Department as follows:

  1. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions (a) she and (b) officials of her Department had with the National Police Chiefs' Council on its revised prostitution strategy.
  2. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the appointment process was for the National Police Chiefs' Council lead on prostitution, Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Holland; and what duties ACC Holland is expected to fulfil in consulting with stakeholders.
  3. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the appointment process was for members of the National Police Chiefs' Council working group on prostitution.
  4. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on whether the National Police Chiefs' Council consulted academics in producing its revised prostitution strategy.
  5. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, who the members are of the National Police Chiefs' Council working group on prostitution.

Karen Bradley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department gave a single response yesterday to all of the above questions as follows:

Within the structure of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), chief officers are elected by their peers and take the lead on specific issues from a national operational perspective. It is for the national leads to establish working groups to support them in their role. The Home Office is in regular dialogue with on the NPCC Lead for Prostitution’s office, and as such discussed and commented on the current revision of the strategy.

Prostitution is a complex issue, which can impact on individuals and communities in many different ways, and we are therefore clear that local areas and police forces are in the best position to identify and respond to issues around prostitution in their area. Police forces are assisted in doing so by the National Policing Lead’s refreshed Policing Sex Work Strategy, which stresses the priority of the public protection duty that the police services have in relation to the safety of those involved in prostitution.

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2016-02-08.26204.h

 

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