We have received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the following:
Please can I request details of the life cycle of the document titled “Amendments to the determinations under the Police Regulations 2003 to implement recommendations from Part 1 of the Winsor Review” as published under Home Office circular 010-2012 issued on 16/04/2012. Specifically I would like to know the key dates of its life cycle from coming into existence in draft, dates of its various stages of approval through to the date of its final approval by the Home Secretary.
We released the following information on 29 May 2012.
The determinations were amended to implement the Winsor Part 1 recommendations and these were attached to the circular. Draft determinations and regulations were circulated for consultation in the Police Negotiating Board on 30 January 2012. An initial draft of the determinations and regulations was prepared on 19 December 2011 in preparation for the outcome of the Police Arbitration Tribunal (PAT) award. This was to explore the possible changes that would have to be made to determinations and regulations in consideration of a PAT award. Following the PAT award, the determinations and regulations were redrafted on 19, 20 and 26 January. As a result of the consultation process, they were redrafted on 9, 21, 23, 26 and 27 March. The determinations were signed by the Policing Minister on 30 March 2012.
The Home Office circular was first drafted on 2 April 2012. It was then redrafted on 3 April, 10 April and 11 April. A final version of the document was uploaded on to the Home Office circulars system (called BARD) on 13 April. The circular was then published on the Home Office website on 16 April. An amendment was made to the circular on the Home Office website on 27 April to correct a typographical error. This changed an incorrect reference to the unsocial hours period for the unsocial hours allowance - from 8:00pm-6:00pm to 8:00pm-6:00am.
This document did not require final approval by the Home Secretary, in common with most circulars, therefore approval dates have not been provided.