§ Miss McIntosh
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the experiment in local policing at New Earswick; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Ms Blears
Any assessment of the local policing experiment in New Earswick is for the Chief Constable of North Yorkshire to make. Nonetheless, the Government encourages the principle of local people's involvement and participation in delivering police services for their communities.
The Government published on 4 November a consultation document on police reform, which seeks views on involving communities in shaping and delivering their policing services.