Welsh Police Merger Lessons Must be Learnt in Home Office Split

April 24, 2007 4:32 PM

Commenting on former Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf's warning that the splitting of the Home Office is happening too quickly and without adequate consultation, Jenny Willott MP said:

"The Government must learn from its police force mergers cock-up and ensure that major constitutional changes are not rushed through on a ridiculously short timetable.

"It's only a year since the Government tried to impose their police force merger proposals on Welsh forces within a ludicrous timescale. The saga ended in utter failure and wasted 30,000 police hours and half a million pounds from police force budgets.

"The Liberal Democrats support the idea of a Home Office split and the creation of a Ministry of Justice, but we cannot afford to get it wrong. This requires careful and well thought through reform. We cannot afford another bungled Home Office venture."

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