§ Patrick Mercer
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to improve policing in Newark and Retford. 
§ Mr. Denham
The White Paper, "Policing a New Century" (Cm 5326), published last December, sets out the Government's plans for reforming the police service and improving policing throughout England and Wales, including Newark and Retford.
The proposals set out in the White Paper will lead to a more professional and effective police service. This will be achieved through reformed management systems; modernised terms and conditions; better use of forensic and technological tools to aid crime prevention, detection and conviction; as well as greater visibility and accessibility of policing services.
The Police Reform Bill, currently before Parliament, will provide the necessary statutory powers for these reforms.