Consultation outcome

Police and criminal justice: review of the balance of competences

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Detail of outcome

This report examines the balance of competences between the European Union and the United Kingdom in the area of police and criminal justice, and is led by the Home Office with the Ministry of Justice.

It is a reflection and analysis of the evidence submitted by experts, non-governmental organisations, Members of Parliament and other interested parties, either in writing or orally, as well as a literature review of relevant material.

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Detail of feedback received

We received a number of submissions to the police and criminal justice call for evidence.

We received many submissions from a broad range of stakeholders. We also conducted a literature review of relevant material.

Original consultation

This consultation ran from to


Call for evidence on the balance of competence between the UK and the European Union on police and criminal justice.


Consultation description

The Foreign Secretary launched the balance of competences review in Parliament on 12 July 2012. This follows the coalition’s commitment to examine the balance of competences between the UK and the European Union. The review will provide an analysis of what the UK’s membership of the EU means for the UK national interest.

The Home Office and Ministry of Justice lead on the strand of the review covering police and criminal justice. This call for evidence was launched on 1 May 2014; it closed on 24 July 2014.