Anthony Howarth

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I wish to make a freedom of information request to your force. My question is as follows:
The Home Office requires police forces to record and report details regarding the self identified ethnicity of members of the public that forces come into contact with. With regards to this, does your force, in addition to its requirement under the 16+1 system of ethnic classification, collect data on Gypsies and Irish Travellers?
I would greatly appreciate it if you could send your reply to us via email; Anthony Howarth, The Traveller Movement. [email address]

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Howarth
The Traveller Movement
Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road
London, N7 6PA
Tel: 0207 607 2002

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr. Howarth

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2015060002121

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 29/06/2015.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

"I wish to make a freedom of information request to your force. My
question is as follows:
The Home Office requires police forces to record and report details
regarding the self identified ethnicity of members of the public that
forces come into contact with. With regards to this, does your force, in
addition to its requirement under the 16+1 system of ethnic
classification, collect data on Gypsies and Irish Travellers?
I would greatly appreciate it if you could send your reply to us via
email; Anthony Howarth, The Traveller Movement.
[email address] "
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